Queen Elizabeth-class Aircraft Carrier
HMS Queen Elizabeth is the lead ship of the Queen Elizabeth-class of aircraft carriers, the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy and capable of carrying up to forty aircraft. Built by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, it was laid down on 7 July 2009, launched on 17 July 2014 and named at Rosyth on 4 July 2014, by HM Queen Elizabeth II.
The ship left the fitting out basin to undergo sea trials on 26 June 2017. The commissioning ceremony was held on 7 December 2017.
Her first significant deployment took place during autumn 2018, when the ship sailed across the Atlantic to begin flying trials with the F35B Lightning II fixed-wing aircraft.
Since then she has taken part in ‘Westlant 19’.
Ship’s motto: Semper Eadem ‘Always the Same’.