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New UK carrier heads for its home port

10 August 2017

In a major re-jigging of its contractor sea trials plans, the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is to head to Portsmouth naval base later this month.

Before its first entry into Portsmouth, HMS 
        <I>Queen Elizabeth</I>
         rendezvoused with USS 
        <I>George H W Bush</I>
         and its carrier strike group off the coast of Scotland. (Crown Copyright)Before its first entry into Portsmouth, HMS <I>Queen Elizabeth</I> rendezvoused with USS <I>George H W Bush</I> and its carrier strike group off the coast of Scotland. (Crown Copyright)

It had originally been planned that the 65,000-tonne warship would only enter its future home port towards the end of the year after completion of the contractors trials and its formal handover to the Royal Navy.

According to the industry team that built HMS Queen Elizabeth , the progress in the trials has led to the change in plans. An Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA) spokesperson told Jane’s on 10 August: “HMS Queen Elizabeth is making good progress through her sea trials, a flexible programme designed to test the ship over two sea phases with an engineering period in between.



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