Queen Elizabeth

HMS Queen Elizabeth

They are the biggest warships ever built for the Royal Navy - four acres of sovereign territory, deployable across the globe to serve the United Kingdom on operations for 50 years. HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales will be the most advanced warships in the Royal Navy fleet.

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Work on the two aircraft carriers continues at a pace as the ships are brought to life not just in Rosyth, but across the country. All parts of the Armed Forces, international partners and British business are involved in building the nation's future flagships.

You can find more information about the Queen Elizabeth at the Aircraft Carrier Alliance webpage (www.aircraftcarrieralliance.co.uk) – which has links to more up to date imagery, videos and data on the carrier programme. 

'Grey dwarf' as tiny patrol boats are overshadowed by gigantic HMS Queen Elizabeth

'Grey dwarf' as patrol boats are overshadowed by HMS Queen Elizabeth


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Unit History

HMS Queen Elizabeth1915

Only one previous ship bore the name HMS Queen Elizabeth. She fought in the Dardanelles and supported the Galipoli campaign.

HMS Queen Elizabeth1918

It was on board the 1st HMS Queen Elizabeth that the German fleet handed in their surrender.

HMS Queen Elizabeth2008

Fast forward to the 21st century, when the new HMS Queen Elizabeth is commissioned by Defence Secretary, Des Browne.

HMS Queen Elizabeth2014

The new carrier is launched at Rosyth by Her Majesty The Queen, ushering in a new era for the Royal Navy and British naval warfare.

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An island nation needs a powerful navy. A simple fact, often forgotten. Go behind the scenes of the new aircraft carrier and discover its true scale and ambition.

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Commanding Officer Jerry Kyd

Rank: Captain

Commodore Kyd joined the Royal Navy in 1985. He became the first Commanding Officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth on the 24th May 2016.

Although Captain Kyd remains a substantive Commodore, he will follow historical custom and routinely wear the rank of Captain Royal Navy in his role as Commanding Officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth.

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She will be the Royal Navy's largest ever surface warship with a full displacement of 65,000 tonnes

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History of HMS Queen Elizabeth

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HMS Queen Elizabeth

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