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Reigatian launches HMS Queen Elizabeth

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May talks with Commodore Jerry Kyd, Captain of the British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and Reigatian Sir Peter Gershon (’66), during her tour of the ship, after it arrived at Portsmouth Naval base, its new home port, in Portsmouth.

The 280-metre (920-foot) vessel entered the harbour on England’s southern coast at 0610 GMT, greeted by thousands of spectators.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy, according to the Ministry of Defence.

Sir Peter Gershon, Chairman of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance said: ‘I am incredibly proud to witness HMS Queen Elizabeth arrive at her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base having successfully completed the first phase of her sea trials programme.

‘Over 10,000 people have come together to bring HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales to life, from early design to the magnificent ships they are today. It is thanks to their industrious endeavours and pride that we have achieved this historic moment in the programme to bring HMS Queen Elizabeth into service.

‘We’re excited to complete the remainder of her test and commissioning programme before delivering her to the Royal Navy by the end of the year.’

HMS Queen Elizabeth by numbers

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