Aerial Video Arrival HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier – it brings Royal Navy into the 21st century

Aerial Video Arrival HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier

Aerial Video Arrival HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier

Footage from the BBC News helicopter shows the moment the 65,000-tonne HMS Queen Elizabeth entered Portsmouth Harbour.

HMS Queen Elizabeth entered Portsmouth Harbour for the first time.  It arrived at about 07:10 BST following extensive preparations at the naval base.

The 65,000-tonne ship has been undergoing sea trials since setting sail from Rosyth dockyard in Fife. This is where the vessel was built. Vessel left in June for its destination in Portsmouth.

The 900ft (280m) long carrier cannot currently deploy planes. But flying trials are due to begin next year.

On the flight deck Prime Minister Theresa May addressed crews and contractors.  The PM said the carrier was a “true testament to British ship building and design”.

Spectators on the shoreline watched the ship’s arrival and saw flypasts of Royal Navy helicopters. The first featuring a Sea King, two MK2 Merlins and two MK3 Merlins which were then joined by two Hawk jets. They cheered the arrival of the vessel.

A flotilla of craft followed the behemoth aircraft carrier as she sailed into the Solent before heading into Portsmouth.  At its narrowest point, there was less than 66ft (20m) clearance on each side.

Portsmouth will be the home of HMS Queen Elizabeth

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