By MarEx 2017-12-07 20:14:35
On Thursday, the Queen of England commissioned the new aircraft carrier of the United Kingdom, HMS Queen Elizabeth . He spoke this morning at a ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Base, which was attended by His Royal Highness Princess Anne, Secretary of Defense Gavin Williamson and the nation's military chiefs.
Captain Jerry Kyd, commanding officer, read the arrest warrant and the white lieutenant was hoisted, symbolizing the commissioning of the nation's future flagship. "Today marks the beginning of an enormously significant chapter for the Royal Navy and, indeed, for the nation, since the future flagship is in service in His Majesty's fleet. It is an honor to witness the climactic moment of a year extraordinarily busy for the Royal Navy that has seen us name the second airline, HMS Prince of Wales cut steel in the first Type 26 frigates and launch the National Naval Construction Strategy, "said Secretary of Defense Gavin Williamson .
More than 10,000 people throughout the United Kingdom have contributed to the delivery under an alliance structure, which allowed several shipyards to build portions of the ship in blocks. After completing the final construction activity, HMS Queen Elizabeth will be heading to the United States for flight tests in the fall of 2018.
The Royal Navy is also dismantling its current flagship, the aircraft carrier / landing platform HMS Ocean that will free up labor and resources for the two new operators. The Brazilian government has authorized its navy to negotiate the purchase of the ocean from the British government, and hopes to complete the transaction for next summer. The Ocean built in 1998 is currently in its final deployment, which included significant contributions to the relief effort in the Caribbean in the wake of Hurricanes Maria and Irma.
"The Queen Elizabeth -carriers of class will be located in the heart of a modernized and emboldened Royal Navy, capable of projecting power and influence in the sea, in the air, on land and in the cyberspace, and offering our nation military and political options in an uncertain world, "said Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Lord of the Sea and Chief of the Naval Staff. "But our greatest strength is the young sailors and marines on whose shoulders rests our continued security and prosperity"