HMS Queen Elizabeth commissioned

HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), the first of two Queen Elizabeth-Class aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy was officially commissioned into service on December 7 at her homeport of Portsmouth Naval Base. The ship’s Commanding Officer, Captain Jerry Kyd, read the commissioning warrant and the iconic White Ensign was raised, symbolising the commissioning of the UK’s flagship into the Royal Navy’s fleet. Following final build activity and preparation for helicopter trials in the New Year, HMS Queen Elizabeth will sail to the United States for initial flight trials with the F-35B Lightning II off the East Coast in autumn 2018. There are currently 150 Royal Navy and RAF personnel training with the US Marine Corps at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina.