Captain’s pride as HMS Illustrious sails to carrier naming ceremony

Captain Mike Utley
Captain Mike Utley
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THE captain of HMS Illustrious has spoken of his pride at the ship’s upcoming role in the naming of HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Lusty will sail into the River Forth tomorrow to support the naming ceremony for the new carrier.

HMS Queen Elizabeth will be named by the Queen on Friday at Rosyth Dockyard where the ship is being built.

Illustrious’ commanding officer Captain Mike Utley said: ‘This is a milestone moment in the history of the Royal Navy and we are proud to play our part in the occasion.

‘It is the only time HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Illustrious — as carrier capability present and future — will sit side by side making this a unique moment.’

HMS Illustrious is the UK’s high readiness helicopter and commando carrier.

This means she can perform a variety of tasks anywhere in the world.

Lusty will sail beneath the famous Forth bridges at around 11.45am. The ship will remain at Rosyth until Saturday.