Royal Navy’s new £3.1bn aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth finally sets sail from Portsmouth

The Royal Navy’s new £3.1 billion aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth finally set sail from Portsmouth today to join a dozen US and UK F-35B stealth fighters for drills in the North Sea.

It comes after four postponements earlier this year due to a coronavirus outbreak among the crew and bad weather.

The Navy’s 65,000-tonne warship sailed out in glorious sunshine on Monday to take part in a major exercise with the new RAF and USAF F-35B Lightning jets, seven other British vessels, an American destroyer and Dutch frigate.

The 900ft titan, one of two newly built carriers, was hauled out of the harbour by six super-powered tugs as hundreds lined the coast to watch her go.  

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