UK Navy launch HMS Queen Elizabeth

Source : 112 Ukraine

The new aircraft carrier has been officially commissioned by Her Majesty herself; it will be ready for deployment anywhere in the world by 2021
13:37, 8 December 2017

British Royal Navy received a powerful reinforcement, as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II commissioned the aircraft carrier called after her. The solemn ceremony took place at Portsmouth’s naval base on Thursday.

The Telegraph quoted the Queen saying this: "We are gathered here in Portsmouth today just a short distance from HMS Victory, a flagship of our seafaring past and a reminder of the debt we owe to the Royal Navy which for more than 500 years has protected the people of this country and our interests around the world. Like HMS Victory, HMS Queen Elizabeth embodies the best of British technology and innovation, a true flagship for the 21st century. The most powerful and capable ship ever to raise the white ensign, she will in the years and decades ahead represent the country's resolve on the global stage."

According to Gloucestershire Live, the 280-meter-long vessel is now ‘completing final build activity and preparing for helicopter trials in the New Year’. Then, HMS Queen Elizabeth will head to the United States for initial flight trials off the coast that are slated for autumn 2018.

The outlet quoted Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, saying: 'In hoisting the White Ensign from HMS Queen Elizabeth today, Britain has confirmed her place among the world’s great maritime powers in the most majestic and muscular terms. the Queen Elizabeth-class carriers will sit at the heart of a modernised 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.'

It is the second vessel in the history of the British Navy named after the Queen. Posed as a true miracle of the modern naval vessels' construction, the aircraft carrier is to become the flagship of the British fleet.

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