‘Pride’ at HMS Queen Elizabeth naming ceremony

HMS Queen Elizabeth in Rosyth Dockyard. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

HMS Queen Elizabeth in Rosyth Dockyard. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

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THE word ‘pride’ was used by many of those at the Rosyth naming ceremony.

Workers who helped construct the shell of HMS Queen Elizabeth and those now piecing together the inside came together to celebrate.

Alex May is on the BAE Systems graduate programme and works on a project to build some of the ship’s internal electronics based at HMS Collingwood in Fareham.

The 22-year-old, from Southsea, travelled up to Rosyth with colleagues for the ceremony.

He said: ‘To see her fitted together now is incredible. When she comes to Portsmouth in a few years, it’s going to be great to be able to say I worked on her.‘

Joining them were members of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s company, who have already started training for the technologically-advanced warship.

Lieutenant Commander Harvie Montgomery is a training officer and has the responsibility of making sure the sailors have the rights skills to power and maintain the new ship.

‘We have got a lot of new equipment on board and we are working on making sure we have the best company we can have,’ he said.

‘We need to have the skills to operate the ship.’

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