HMS Queen Elizabeth to reach Portsmouth This Morning

HMS Queen Elizabeth to reach Portsmouth This Morning
 HMS Queen Elizabeth to reach Portsmouth This Morning

The biggest and most powerful warship ever built by Britain has arrived at her home port today for the first time.

HMS Queen Elizabeth – and its accompanying flotilla – sailed into Portsmouth Harbour, after setting off from Fife for sea trials two months ago.

Thousands of people, including family members of those on board, lined the seafront to welcome her home.

Members of the crew mustered on the deck to wave to their loved ones as the aircraft carrier arrived.  People cheered, took photos and waved Union flags as the £3billion ship docked around 7.30am.

As the crowds welcomed her in, Commander Darren Houston could be heard saying over the tannoy to those on the shore: ‘Good morning, Portsmouth’.

Prime Minister Theresa May returned to duty and was seen meeting members of the crew, when the ship docked. 

HMS Queen Elizabeth will send a message to the UK’s allies and enemies that the country means business, according to her captain. The behemoth is set to be the nation’s future flagship for the next 50 years. 

Her 700-strong company plus 200 contractors were given a river boat police escort into Portsmouth Naval Base this morning. 

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This aerial shot shows the sheer size of HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s largest ever warship, as it arrives in Portsmouth

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The largest warship ever built by Britain, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has today made its first entry into Portsmouth Harbour

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HMS Queen Elizabeth entering her home port of Portsmouth Harbour for the first time this morning

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Members of the public, with a Union Flag, gather to witness the arrival of the HMS Queen Elizabeth supercarrier as it heads into port

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Crowds gathered to greet the crew members of the HMS Queen Elizabeth as it arrived at Portsmouth Harbour today

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The HMS Queen Elizabeth, arriving in Portsmouth today, is the lead ship in the new Queen Elizabeth class of supercarriers. Weighing in at 65,000 tonnes she is the largest war ship deployed by the British Royal Navy. She is planned to be in service by 2020

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Britain’s future flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed into her home port of Portsmouth, with a police escort, for the first time today

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HMS Queen Elizabeth sails into her new home at Portsmouth Harbour after leaving Fife seven weeks ago for sea trials

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Homecoming: The power and might of HMS Queen Elizabeth was revealed today as it arrived in Portsmouth – greeted by thousands of people on the seafront

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Members of the crew mustered on the deck to wave to their loved ones as the aircraft carrier arrived

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The 65,000-tonne carrier, the largest warship ever to be built in Britain, is expected to be the Navy’s flagship for at least 50 years

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Greeted by thousands of people lining the Portsmouth seafront, the 65,000-tonne carrier was met with the warmest of welcomes as she arrived in her home port just after 7am

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The HMS Queen Elizabeth is escorted into Portsmouth Harbour, with the crew members standing on the deck

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Thousands of people, including family members of those on board, lined the seafront to welcome her home

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People cheered, took photos and waved Union flags as the ship docked at Portsmouth Harbour around 7.30am

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Britain’s largest ever warship the HMS Queen Elizabeth has arrived at her home port for the first time

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Theresa May meets crew on board HMS Queen Elizabeth after the ship sails to it’s home at Portsmouth Naval Base

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Prime Minister Theresa May returned to duty and was seen meeting members of the crew, when the ship docked

Admiral Sir Philip Jones, the First Sea Lord, spoke at the dockside and described the vessel’s arrival as the culmination of an ‘extraordinary journey’ for the ship and the Navy.

He said: ‘Today, we are gathered to see a seminal moment in the history of the Navy. It is part of an unfolding renaissance in our maritime industries.

‘Within both the Royal Navy and British industry, a generation have put their best years into making this a reality. Today is the culmination of the achievement of that programme.

‘It is going to take time and patience to introduce this into service. I would like to acknowledge the fabulous support of the US and French navies, who we have worked with and continue to do so.

‘As we prepare to leave the European Union, this will take our message of partnership and prosperity to the rest of the world.

‘HMS Queen Elizabeth embodies the nation’s future ambition, She will be the embodiment of Britain in steel and in spirit.

‘She will demonstrate the kind of nation we are – not a diminished nation withdrawing from the world, but an outward-looking and ambitious nation with a Royal Navy to match.’ 

HMS Queen Elizabeth 

  • Weight: 65,000 tonnes
  • Length: 920 feet
  • Top speed: Upwards of 25 knots
  • Flight deck size: 230ft by 920ft – the equivalent of three football pitches
  • Keeps 45 days worth of food onboard
  • Is made up of 17 million parts
  • 28 million hours have been spent designing and building the carrier
  • More than a million feet of pipes inside the ship

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: ‘Today we welcome our mighty new warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, to her home for the very first time.

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‘She is Britain’s statement to the world: a demonstration of British military power and our commitment to a bigger global role.

‘The thousands of people across the UK who have played a part in building her and her sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales, should be immensely proud as our future flagship enters Portsmouth.

‘She has made good progress in sea trials and will now embark on the next phase of preparations that will see the return of Britain’s carrier strike ability.

‘When she enters service she will help keep Britain safe at a time of increased threats, able to fill multiple roles from providing air power anywhere at any time to fight future campaigns, supporting allies or delivering humanitarian aid.’

A flotilla of craft followed the behemoth aircraft carrier as she sailed into the Solent before heading into Portsmouth, where, at its narrowest point, there was less than 66ft (20m) clearance on each side.

With boots polished and caps perfectly placed, all the ship’s available company stood at the edge of the vessel as she arrived in the harbour and naval base.

Those on board and watching from the shore were also treated to two separate flypasts of Royal Navy helicopters – the first featuring a Sea King, two MK2 Merlins and two MK3 Merlins – which were then joined by two Hawk jets for the second.

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First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones speaks after the arrival of the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth

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A member of the crew of HMS Queen Elizabeth man a weapon as the UK’s newest aircraft carrier arrives in Portsmouth for the first time

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Navy officers and family members lined the jetty in the Navy base to welcome the ship, while the band of the Royal Marines played to entertain the crowds

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A member of the crew dons his ‘HMS Queen Elizabeth’ hat as the aircraft carrier arrives at Portsmouth Harbour today

Fireworks were let off as the giant carrier arrived, dwarfing the historic buildings at the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour.

An 820ft (250m) exclusion zone, enforced by armed police in small boats, meant the port was effectively closed to the small flotilla of boats which had turned out to greet the Queen Elizabeth.

Navy officers and family members lined the jetty in the Navy base to welcome the ship, while the band of the Royal Marines played to entertain the crowds.

Lieutenant Commander Ian Pratt, who took a moment to take a photograph of the carrier as it sailed past, said: ‘Absolutely fantastic. What a wonderful day for the Royal Navy, for Portsmouth and the whole of the country, the flagship of our nation is home. Fantastic.’ 

The ship’s captain Admiral Jones looks out onto Portsmouth Harbour (left) while other crew members lined the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth (right)

The waterfront on both sides of the harbour was packed with people, waving flags and banners, keen to grab a view of the historic moment.

Louise Bond, 30, from Fareham, Hampshire, whose husband, Petty Officer Greg Bond, 33, is serving on board, said: ‘It’s my first homecoming. It’s brilliant. I was up at 2.30am, first in line.

‘It’s amazing, I wouldn’t miss it for the world. It’s a historic moment, once-in-a-lifetime to see.’

Tanya Baker, from Grantham, Lincolnshire, had taken two-year-old daughter Eloise to meet her partner, Petty Officer Craig May.

She said: ‘We are really proud that my partner is coming in on the Queen Elizabeth. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen him and we are both proud to be part of the aircraft carrier.’

Lieutenant Commander Neil Twigg, a fast jet pilot responsible for integrating the F35 fighter jet into the carrier group, said: ‘We are very ready. There is still a lot more work to be done – the aircraft is still going through its testing programme in America and the ship has still some more sea trials – but we are on the right track.

‘The sheer size … this is the 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier, the largest the Royal Navy has ever had, she is specifically built for the F35, the only aircraft carrier in the world designed for that air system, so a pretty unique capability the UK now has.’  

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Crew members of HMS Queen Elizabeth line the deck of the huge ship as she makes her first entry into Portsmouth today

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The ship will berth at the newly-opened Princess Royal Jetty at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Portsmouth, which will be home to both of the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers. Pictured are members of the crew standing on the deck at the ship arrives in Portsmouth 

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Britain’s future flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth sailing into her home port of Portsmouth for the first time today

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A helicopter was seen circling the HMS Queen Elizabeth as it arrived in Portsmouth, greeted by thousands of people

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Crew members march in line on the deck. The aircraft carrier has been on contractor sea trials since first sailing from Rosyth just over seven weeks ago. After a brief period of maintenance alongside, the ship will head back out to sea for further trials

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As the huge ship sailed into Portsmouth Harbour, the HMS Queen Elizabeth crew lined the deck to be welcomed home

Inside Big Lizzie revealed: Photographs show life below HMS Queen Elizabeth’s four-acre deck 

By Joseph Curtis for MailOnline 

Weighing 65,000-tonnes, HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to be the flagship craft for at least 50 years – and is Britain’s largest ever warship.

She arrived in her home dock today after completing the latest round of sea trials – a day earlier than previously expected, after weather conditions had formerly prevented the exact date from being set. 

Pictures inside the ship give an insight into life on board, with the crew members working on their computers, sweating it out in the gym and the chefs cooking their meals.

Speaking on board as the vessel sailed in the English Channel yesterday, Captain Jerry Kyd said he is feeling a ‘huge amount of pride’ ahead of the vessel berthing in her home port.

Quizzed on whether he thinks aircraft carriers such as HMS Queen Elizabeth put the UK in the Naval premier league, he said: ‘It sends the right signals to our allies and indeed potentially to our enemies that we mean business.

‘The armed forces are fundamentally an insurance policy for the country and you can’t just, at the flick of a switch, decide that you need these capabilities.

‘You have to buy them, work them up, train them, integrate them with the rest of defence so they’re ready to be called upon when required. You can’t just buy it off the shelf.  

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HMS Queen Elizabeth – the biggest and most powerful warship ever built by Britain – will enter her home port of Portsmouth for the first time at around 7am this morning after completing sea trials

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The £3billion behemoth is set to be the Royal Navy’s future flagship once it becomes operational in 2020. Pictured is a Merlin helicopter on board next to the ‘ski jump’ launching runway on the flight deck

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A crew member on HMS Queen Elizabeth, affectionately nicknamed ‘Big Lizzie’, looks through binoculars at the open waters as the ship made its way back to the UK 

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There are around 700 members of the crew on board the ship, including the staff of the operations room, pictured, who are responsible for weapons systems and air traffic control

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The ship looks impressive from all angles, as these airmen found out as they saw the carrier from their approaching Merlin helicopter

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Captain Jerry Kyd said he is feeling a ‘huge amount of pride’ ahead of the vessel berthing in her home port and added the ship would send a message to the world that Britain ‘means business’. Pictured are crew in the operations room

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Captain Kyd addd the investment in Big Lizzie proved ‘it is all about having the right investment and having the right equipment for the thousands of people who go to war on behalf of the nation’. Pictured are airmen boarding a Merlin helicopter

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HMS Queen Elizabeth, pictured, weighs 65,000 tonnes, is 920ft long and can reach a top speed of up to 25 knots (28mph)

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Around 45 days worth of food is kept on board the HMS Queen Elizabeth, with this cook pictured preparing potatoes for dinner in one of the galleys

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The vessel can be pressed into action for various work such as high intensity war fighting or providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief

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Mark Deller, Commander Air on HMS Queen Elizabeth, said the four-acre flight deck, poictured, is a capability the Navy has not had before

‘Yes, it costs money, but it is all about having the right investment and having the right equipment for the hundreds, if not thousands of young men and women that go to war on behalf of the nation.

‘It is absolutely an obligation of the taxpayer to ensure we have the right equipment.’

During her estimated half a century working life, the 920ft vessel can be pressed into action for various work such as high intensity war fighting or providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

‘We have never had a ship of 65,000-tonnes before in the Royal Navy so we have had to put in a bit of investment,’ said Capt Kyd, who has served in the Navy for 32 years, and has been captain of HMS Illustrious and HMS Ark Royal.

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‘Of course when Henry VIII built Portsmouth, it was designed for ships the size of Mary Rose so we have had to make a few little changes to make sure we can fit in and be supported there.’

Preparations for the ship’s arrival saw more than 3.2 million cubic metres of sediment removed from the harbour to ensure the entrance is deep enough to allow the giant ship to access the Hampshire base.

During the dredging, more than 20,000 items were removed from the sea bed including eight cannons, an aircraft engine, 36 anchors, a British torpedo, a German sea mine, five large bombs and a human skull – which was passed to local police.

The operation to prepare the harbour and base has cost £100 million and has included new jetties and a new power plant to meet the electricity needs of the ship which is set to be joined by its sister vessel the HMS Prince of Wales which is currently being built.

Mark Deller, Commander Air on HMS Queen Elizabeth, said the four-acre flight deck is a capability the Navy has not had before.

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But those in charge of the ship say she is ‘not finished’ and there is ‘still work to do’ before she can lead the Royal Navy

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More than 60 Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines took part in a training exercise aboard the American USS George HW Bush earlier this month, in preparation for the ship’s entry into service

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Huge containers of salt and sauces have been brought on board as chefs have to provide dinner for hundreds of people

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The operation to prepare Portsmouth Harbour for the arrival of the ship has itself cost £100million and has included new jetties and a new power plant to meet the electricity needs of the ship

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The carrier will remain without jets until flying trials are conducted in the United States next year, with 10 F-35 Lightning II jets and 120 aircrew expected to take part

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State of the art gyms, pictured, are also dotted throughout the ship to make sure the crew keep themselves in top shape while on assignments

Quizzed on the ship heading into Portsmouth, he said it will be a proud moment.

‘It is going to be a good day, we are bringing our ship in. 

HMS Queen Elizabeth: Where has she been? 

The ship set sail from the Rosyth dockyard in Fife this summer.

She passed under the iconic Forth Road Bridge before heading to the south of England and docking at Southampton.

She has just spent six weeks in the North Sea for sea trials.

The boat will soon head to America’s east coast for flight trials which will begin in October 2018.

Queen Elizabeth is expected to be operational by 2020. 

‘But what I wouldn’t want to do is to sell the story that this is it, the bees knees and we are bringing our new Ferrari out of the garage.

‘It is not Ferrari yet we have still got some work to do. She’s not finished.’

The warship has been undergoing training and tests at sea after setting out from Scotland’s Rosyth dockyard in June, with more to take place over the coming months.

HMS Queen Elizabeth will remain without aircraft until flying trials are conducted in the United States next year, with 10 F-35 Lightning II jets and 120 aircrew expected to take part.

The warship is expected to arrive in Portsmouth shortly after 7am.

The 919ft vessel was previously forecast to reach its base in the Hampshire port town between August 17 and 22, after setting out from Scotland’s Rosyth dockyard in June.

More than 60 Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines took part in a training exercise aboard the American USS George HW Bush earlier this month, in preparation for the ship’s entry into service.

The carrier will remain without aircraft until flying trials are conducted in the United States next year, with 10 F-35 Lightning II jets and 120 aircrew expected to take part.

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Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has heralded the HMS Queen Elizabeth’s impending arrival, and declared last week that she would be deployed ‘across the seven seas, using her strike power to deter our enemies’

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The HMS Queen Elizabeth, pictured, will later be joined at Portsmouth by its sister ship the HMS Prince of Wales once the latter is completed

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