HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Portsmouth

The flight over and onto the aircraft carrier may now be discussed in Scotland’s parliament

The flight over and onto the aircraft carrier may now be discussed in Scotland’s parliamentCASCADE NEWS

The British Royal Navy's future flagship Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has arrived at its homeport of Portsmouth harbour for the first time.

The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence is reviewing security after a tiny drone landed on the deck of Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier i.e. Britain's biggest warship.

The ship is now undergoing sea trials.

It was scheduled to be fully operational by 2020 but that date may now be as late as 2026, Britain's National Audit Office said earlier this year, because of technical difficulties.

The carrier was built specifically as a platform for the next generation of fighter jets and is expected to have two dozen F-35B aircraft on board by 2023. F-35B Lightning II jets are still being built and tested in the United States, and the ship won't be fully operational until 2020.

The second aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, is scheduled to be officially named at Rosyth next month. The grand arrival was marked with a fly past by Merlin and Wildcat helicopters, as well as Hawk jets. He said: 'Being a local lad, I am extremely proud that Portsmouth will now be the base port for the nation's future flagship.

As the biggest warship the Royal Navy has ever had, HMS Queen Elizabeth had to be carefully manoeuvred into the harbour but she made her entrance nearly spot on the stated arrival time of 0710 hours.

"It sends a clear signal that as Britain forges a new, positive, confident role on the world stage in the years ahead we are determined to remain a fully engaged global power, working closely with our friends and allies around the world".

Here's a video of the Queen Elizabeth cruising down the Solent.

HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives at Portsmouth.Peter Nicholls/ReutersHMS Queen Elizabeth is home.

The vessel involved more than 10,000 people in its construction, including 3000 at Rosyth on the Firth of Forth, and is the newest and largest of the Royal Navy's fleet - weighing 65,000 tonnes and stretching some 280m (919ft).

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