- Carrier weighs 65,000 tonnes and measures 280 metres in length
- 51 million hours have been spent designing and building the Queen Elizabeth Class
- At its peak the programme directly employed 10,000 people across six build yards
Published 26th June 2017.
History was made today as HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first QE Class aircraft carrier, set sail from Rosyth to commence first stage sea trials off the north-east of Scotland.
Three years after she was officially named by Her Majesty The Queen, the Nation’s future flagship will spend an initial period of around six weeks at sea to test the fundamentals of the ship. The sea trials will monitor speed, manoeuvrability, power and propulsion as well as undertaking weapons trials and additional tests on her levels of readiness.
Following this initial period, HMS Queen Elizabeth will return to Rosyth for further testing and maintenance before heading back to sea for a second stage which aims to test her Mission Systems. She will transit to her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base to be handed over to the Royal Navy later this year.
The small client team based in Rosyth and our larger team in Abbey Wood have all been working extremely hard over the last few weeks to ensure the ship sailed.