Air Platforms

Queen Elizabeth commissioned as Royal Navy's new flagship

07 December 2017

The first of the UK’s two new aircraft carriers, Queen Elizabeth , has been commissioned into the Royal Navy (RN) as its new flagship at a ceremony held at HM Naval Base Portsmouth.

The ceremony on 7 December was attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, and senior UK military chiefs.

Having recently completed a second stage of sea trials off the south coast of England, HMS Queen Elizabeth will now undergo final build activity and prepare for helicopter trials in the new year. The ship will then head to the US East Coast in the autumn of 2018 for initial flight trials with the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) that will form its air wing.

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