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HMS Queen Elizabeth sets sail for F-35 trials

20 August 2018

The Royal Navy’s (RN's) new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed from its home port of Portsmouth for the United States for the first time on 18 August to carry out flight trials with F-35B Lightning combat aircraft.

The 65,000-tonne carrier is expected to arrive off the US east coast in early September, where it will embark two F-35B test aircraft from the Integrated Test Force (ITF) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland.

An 18 August RN statement said the ship would be joined by around 200 specialist personnel, including pilots, engineers, maintainers, and data analysts, who will support the test aircraft from the ITF.

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