HMS Queen Elizabeth

One leg of our trip to the UK included a ferry to the Isle of Wight.  We took the ferry from Portsmouth and, as we drove in to town, I thought I could see the twin islands of the HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of the pair of new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy.  Sure enough, when we pulled out of Gunwharf on the ferry, we could see the carrier moored in the naval base.  A rear view doesn’t give to much impression of the ship but she is clearly pretty large.  At about 65,000 tons, she is over three times the displacement of the previous RN carriers.

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