Published on August 16th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
HMS Queen Elizabeth is Home
HMS Queen Elizabeth, the largest UK warship has entered Portsmouth harbour today for the first time. The 284-metre-long Supercarrier is now at its home port, having completed its sea trials.
After being commissioned in 2007, the assembly of HMS Queen Elizabeth began in 2009 in the Forth of Forth at Rosyth Dockyard. This magnificent warship was built from nine blocks at six UK shipyards. It is the largest carrier ever built in this country and is expected to be in the Navy’s fleet for over five decades.
On 26 June 2017, the Queen Elizabeth left the dockyard to begin her sea trials. The ships escorts during this time were two Type 23 frigates, HMS Sutherland and HMS Iron Duke.
A Merlin HM.2 of 820 Naval Air Squadron was the first aircraft to land on the ship in July. However, the first trials of F-35B Lightning fighter jets flying from the Supercarrier are not due to start until next year and the Supercarrier will not go into operation until 2023.
Top Ten HMS Queen Elizabeth Facts
As you watch this warship come into Portsmouth harbour, its size against its surroundings are plain to see. Here are ten facts about this incredible warship.
70,600 tonnes: The weight of this warship is three times heavier than its predecessor HMS Illustrious.
The flight deck is the size of 3 football pitches: It is over 280 metres long, whilst the width is 70 metres.
56 metres high: Making this ship higher than the Forth Bridge.
2.4 metres: The length of the windscreen wipers on the deck-to deck windows.
470 London buses: Could park on the flight deck.
45 days’ worth of food can be stored on board: Staple foodstuffs include 66,000 sausages, 28,800 rashers of bacon, 64,800 eggs and 12,000 tins of baked beans.
250,000 litres of paint: Used in applying seven coats of paint on the ship’s exterior.
162 decibels: The volume of the ship’s foghorn. It can be heard over 2 miles away.
33 tonnes: The weight of each of the ship’s two propellers.
60 seconds: The time it takes to lift four aircraft form the hangar to the flight deck.
Remembering British Maritime History
The HMY Britannia Commemorative Stamps Sheet features 10 Special Stamps. It celebrates the 60th anniversary of this ship, now permanently moored as a five-star visitor attraction in the Port of Leith, Edinburgh.