HUNDREDS of people have flocked to Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard to mark the official naming of the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers.
School children, BAE workers and the public have gathered outside the Mary Rose Museum to watch the official ceremony of the naming of the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier in Rosyth on a big screen.
Commodore Jeremy Rigby welcomed the crowd as the ceremony in Scotland got under way behind him.
Cdre Rigby, commander of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth, said: ‘When HMS Queen Elizabeth sails from here on to operations, with 680 sailors and airmen, up to 40 aircraft and more than 900 Royal Marines, she will be the single most potent piece of sovereign territory that we have ever sent around the world to look after British interests.
‘I congratulate all you who have contributed to make this day possible.’
Councillor Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council, added: ‘This is a really big day for us in the city.
‘It is a historic day.’