Queen Elizabeth commissions aircraft carrier with her name

Leslie Hanson
December 8, 2017

Warship sails along the Firth of Forth.

In a ceremony Thursday at Her Majesty's Naval Base Portsmouth, Royal Navy Capt.

Queen Elizabeth II formally commissioned into the British navy the UK's newest and biggest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, at a ceremony today. "The Queen Elizabeth-class carriers will sit at the heart of a modernized and emboldened Royal Navy, capable of projecting power and influence at sea, in the air, over the land and in cyberspace, and offering our nation military and political choice in an uncertain world".

After boarding the £3.1bn carrier using a specially-installed lift she gave a speech in front of 3700 guests describing it as "the best of British innovation".

The warship, which cost United States dollars 4.0 billion to build, was hailed as "a true flagship for the 21st century".

Construction work on HMS Queen Elizabeth began in 2009 at six shipyards in Glasgow, Rosyth, Appledore, Hebburn, Portsmouth and Birkenhead.


Among the families mingling in the hangar, Naval Airman Karle Belding, 26, from King's Lynn was enjoying a glass of "carrier ale", alcohol which can now legally be consumed on the ship due to being accepted by the Royal Navy.

Sections of the 920ft-long carrier were then assembled at Rosyth Dockyard from 2011.

On show were cakes created for the event including a scale model of the carrier and others depicting the Queen and sailors on parade, including one fainting sailor shown fallen on his face.

The confection weighed nearly 24 stone and was made by Scottish cake-makers 3D Cakes.

Following Royal Navy tradition, it was cut by the captain's wife and the youngest member of the ship's company.

Mr Williamson said the commissioning ceremony "marks the start of a hugely significant chapter for the Royal Navy".

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