The British supercarrier HMS Queen Elizabeth officially joined the Royal Navy today at Portsmouth naval base. On the hangar deck of the 65,000-tonne (71,650-ton) ship, her Lady Sponsor, Queen Elizabeth II, formally oversaw the ceremony as Captain Jerry Kyd, the Commanding Officer, read the commissioning warrant that confirmed the future flagship as an active part of the fleet and the White Ensign and commissioning pennants were raised for the first time.
The £3-billion (US$3.8-billion) HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently at her berth at Princess Royal Jetty, which will also act as host to her sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales, which is currently being fitted out at Rosyth, Scotland. The commissioning ceremony was attended by Princess Anne, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, Chancellor Philip Hammond, military chiefs, and the Queen Elizabeth’s company.
The carrier recently completed the second stage of her sea trials in the English Channel and the Ministry of Defence says she will carry out the first of a series of helicopter trials early next year before setting sail for the United States in the third quarter of 2018 for further sea trials.