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HMS Queen Elizabeth sails for shakedown trials

15 June 2018

HMS Queen Elizabeth has sailed from Portsmouth to begin a period of shakedown trials after a technology insertion period.

The departure of the United Kingdom’s new aircraft carrier from its home base on 10 June will see the ship at sea in the Western Approaches for up to three weeks carrying trials ahead of sailing to the east coast of the United States for F-35B Lightning II flight trials later this year.

“HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed this weekend after conducting a successful basin trial which tests all the systems required to make her safe for sea,” a Royal Navy spokesperson told Jane’s.

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