Posted on February 2, 2018
The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to leave Portsmouth this afternoon for rotary wing trials.
The largest and most powerful ship ever built for the Navy is set to leave the city’s dockyard at 12:40pm local time.
HMS Queen Elizabeth left her home port for the first time last May, returning last November after conducting “successful sea trials”.
The Royal Navy confirmed this week that a sprinkler system on board the ship was “inadvertently triggered” on Sunday, however, causing some damage in one of its hangars.
The carrier’s departure coincides with a final-ever visit by HMS Ocean in Portsmouth – the vessel which, it emerged last night, would not receive a reprieve from plans for it to be decommissioned.