HMS Queen Elizabeth sets sail again

HMS Queen Elizabeth left Portsmouth Naval Base this week and sailed under the Forth bridges in Edinburgh once more, as she returned to her birth place for a scheduled period of maintenance. 
Image of HMS Queen Elizabeth April 2019
 
The 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier was floated in July 2014 and sailed from Rosyth Dockyard for the first time in June 2017. Since then she has crossed the Atlantic to conduct historic trials with F-35B Lightning II test fighter jets and worked up towards her official in-service date of 2020. 
 
Having lowered her pole mast to get under the three Bridges, manoeuvring safely through the lock into Rosyth Dockyard requires the right tidal and safety conditions.
 
Equipped with a specially designed roller-fender system, the manoeuvre leaves just one metre clearance each side of the ship and just over one metre separating the keel from the entrance sill. She is being taken through the inner basin, back into the dry dock where she was constructed, edging past her younger sister, HMS Prince of Wales which is scheduled to leave Rosyth for the first time later this year.
 
Image of HMS Queen Elizabeth April 2019
 
Her Commanding Officer, Captain Nick Cook-Priest, said: “A lot of water has already passed under our keel since we left Rosyth in 2017. Our return here is yet another first for HMS Queen Elizabeth and another important step on her journey as Britain generates a big deck Carrier Strike capability”.
 
HMS Queen Elizabeth April 2019

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Image of HMS Queen Elizabeth April 2019
HMS Queen Elizabeth sets sail again

UK MoD Crown copyright 2019
Image of HMS Queen Elizabeth April 2019
HMS Queen Elizabeth sets sail again

UK MoD Crown copyright 2019
Image of HMS Queen Elizabeth April 2019
HMS Queen Elizabeth sets sail again

UK MoD Crown copyright 2019
Image of HMS Queen Elizabeth April 2019
HMS Queen Elizabeth sets sail again

UK MoD Crown copyright 2019
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