HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier spotted in Plymouth Sound

The Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth has been spotted off Plymouth Sound.

The ship is the largest and most powerful vessel ever constructed for the Royal Navy. This awe-inspiring warship is capable of carrying up to 40 aircraft. It was snapped by Plymouth Argyle correspondent Chris Errington off the Plymouth breakwater.

The Royal Navy has confirmed that the flagship aircraft carrier is in Devon as part of an exercise. A spokeswoman for Devonport Naval Base said: “HMS Queen Elizabeth is in Plymouth Sound. She’s undertaking some training. I can’t tell you if she’s fully crewed or has any aircraft onboard as we don’t really talk about operations but it’s perfectly normal.

“Plymouth Sound is our main training area so it’s perfectly normal.”

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When at full capacity, the warship is supported by eight other ships, a submarine, five air squadrons and some 3,700 personnel.

The Royal Navy said HMS Queen Elizabeth is an “investment in Britain’s security, prosperity and place in the world, providing a conspicuous presence on the global stage, sending a clear message of reassurance to our allies, and of defiance to those who would do us harm”.



Undated handout photo issued by the Ministry of Defence of HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, Britain's aircraft carriers, together in their home port of Portsmouth for the first time, in October 2020.
Undated handout photo issued by the Ministry of Defence of HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, Britain’s aircraft carriers, together in their home port of Portsmouth for the first time, in October 2020.

HMS Queen Elizabeth replaces HMS Ocean as the Royal Navy’s Fleet Flagship. The giant, 65,000 tonne carrier departed her home port of Portsmouth in March, visited the Clyde in Scotland and is on a seven-month long deployment which includes training exercises off Plymouth.

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