THE naming of HMS Queen Elizabeth heralds ‘a new dawn for the Royal Navy and for our national security’, the First Sea Lord has said.
Addressing crowds at the official naming of the new aircraft carrier, Admiral Sir George Zambellas said the new chapter of the navy is one of ‘alliance and partnership’.
Representatives from services around the world are at today’s naming ceremony.
He personally thanked the help of the United States of America in training some of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s personnel.
France was also named as a key partner.
‘She will support our national agenda; she will take her place at the centre of the fleet.’
HM The Queen then named the ship, pressing a button to smash a bottle of malt whisky against its hull.
‘She and the aircraft leaving from her deck will be part of the new era of cooperation,’ the Queen said.
The Queen’s speech before naming HMS Queen Elizabeth
Like her illustrious predecessor, this Queen Elizabeth is innovative and first class.
She marks a new phase in our naval history, being the largest ship ever built for the Royal Navy.
She and the aircraft operators will also usher in an exciting new era of capability and co-operation, jointly engaging the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force as well as the international partners, especially the United States and France.
Lord Mountbatten told my father on becoming King there is no more fitting preparation to be King than to have been trained in the Royal Navy.
My own personal associations, especially as the proud sponsor of six other warships and submarines, remind me that reputation for excellence continues to this day.
In sponsoring this new aircraft carrier, I believe that Queen Elizabeth, as flagship for the Royal Navy, will be a source of inspiration and pride for us all.
The Lord High Admiral, the Duke of Edinburgh, joins me in congratulating all those involved in the Aircraft Carrier Alliance on this magnificent achievement and wishing her first ship’s company well in the time ahead.
Wherever the ship may serve, whatever tasks they may ask of her, let all those who serve in her know that on this day she was blessed with the prayers of us all for her success and her safe return to calm waters.
I name this ship Queen Elizabeth. May God bless her and all who sail in her.