THE NATION’S FLAGSHIPS
They are the biggest warships ever built for the Royal Navy – four acres of sovereign territory, deployable across the globe to serve the United Kingdom on operations for 50 years.
HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales will be the most advanced warships in the Royal Navy fleet.
While work continues to bring HMS Prince of Wales to life at Rosyth, HMS Queen Elizabeth has been undergoing sea trials since leaving the Scottish dockyard in June and entered her new home in Portsmouth for the first time in August.
All parts of the Armed Forces, international partners and British businesses across the country are involved in building the nation’s future flagships.
HMS Queen Elizabeth
COMMANDING OFFICER – HMS Queen Elizabeth – JERRY KYD
Commodore Kyd joined the Royal Navy in 1985. He became the first Commanding Officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth on the 24th May 2016.
Although Captain Kyd remains a substantive Commodore, he will follow historical custom and routinely wear the rank of Captain Royal Navy in his role as Commanding Officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth.
HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH | HISTORY – 1915
Only one previous ship bore the name HMS Queen Elizabeth. She fought in the Dardanelles and supported the Galipoli campaign.
HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH – 1918
It was on board the 1st HMS Queen Elizabeth that the German fleet handed in their surrender.
HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH – 2008
Fast forward to the 21st century, when the new HMS Queen Elizabeth is commissioned by Defence Secretary, Des Browne.
HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH – 2014
The new carrier is launched at Rosyth by Her Majesty The Queen, ushering in a new era for the Royal Navy and British naval warfare.
HMS PRINCE OF WALES
The Prince of Wales is the second of the new ‘Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier’ to be built for the UK.
HMS Prince of Wales naming ceremony date announced
Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, announced that, HMS PRINCE OF WALES, will be officially named at a ceremony in Rosyth on 8th September 2017.
The announcement was made during a visit to HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH at sea today.
The Defence Secretary landed by Merlin helicopter on the deck of the new aircraft carrier HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, which is currently on sea trials off the coast of Scotland. He met with members of the crew and thanked them for their contribution to UK defence.
While addressing the Ship’s Company, Sir Michael
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said:
“Our carrier programme is a clear demonstration of British power and commitment to our global standing. With two aircraft carriers we will have one available at all times, providing a world-class carrier strike capability. They offer a prodigious promise to future generations of our determination to continue fronting up to aggression for years to come.
“The magnificent HMS Queen Elizabeth provides us with power on a scale we have never seen before. Protecting us for the next half a century, she will be a highly versatile and potent force, capable of both humanitarian and disaster relief and high-end war fighting.”