Princess Royal visits Royal Navy’s new supercarrier

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THE Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier received some regal attention yesterday when Princess Anne paid a visit to Rosyth dockyard.

The Princess, who is Admiral and Chief Commandant for Women in the Royal Navy, as well as Commodore-in-Chief of Portsmouth Naval Base, was given a brief from the Aircraft Carrier Alliance management team and a tour of HMS Queen Elizabeth – the first of two £6bn aircraft carriers which will be based in Portsmouth from 2016.

Ian Booth, who is programme director, said: ‘It was a great honour to brief the Princess on this programme.

‘She was extremely interested to learn about the way the Aircraft Carrier Alliance operates and to see the how far the programme has come.

‘As the work to assemble the first of class accelerates, the scale of these ships is becoming more and more apparent.

‘I hope we will have more opportunities to show the tremendous achievements that are being made across the Aircraft Carrier Alliance.’