Monday, June 26, 2017

HMS Queen Elizabeth to Set Sail

Captain Jerry Kyd with HMS Queen Elizabeth in the background. Photo: Royal Navy

 Britain's largest ever warship HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier  will set sail today (Monday) for its maiden sea voyage. 

The ship weighs a staggering 65,000 tonnes and cost GBP 3.1bln to build. The ship is 920 ft in length and has nine decks covering 16,000 m2 (170,000 sq ft).

She is named after Elizabeth the first and is the second ship to carry the name - the first was a World War One battleship.

According to Sky News, more than 700 crew are onboard, from seamen to aircraft engineers, dentists to force protection. The oldest crew member is 58 and the youngest 17 although the average age is in the early twenties.

The huge warship's construction along with its sister ship HMS Prince Of Wales is the most expensive in navy history costing GBP 6.2bln, says The Sun. 

Once fully operational the ships – 280 metres in length and with a top speed above 25 knots – will be the centrepiece of Britain's maritime capability.

The aircraft carrier is home to a 700-strong ship's company who for the past few weeks have been getting to grips with the giant vessel before it takes to the seas.

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