HMS Queen Elizabeth has ‘eclipsed aspirations’ after successfully completing two months of flight trials.
The Royal Navy’s £3bn aircraft carrier saw the last fighter jet take off from her decks this year.
She has been on deployment on the East Coast of America for historic flight tests which included the first F-35 land to take off and land on her deck.
HMS Queen Elizabeth crew announced the end of the US trials on November 19.
‘This has been one of the most comprehensive flight trials at sea ever conducted,’said RAF Squadron Leader Andy Edgell, ITF chief test pilot.
‘I am very proud to have professionally executed every aspect of this trial and deliver for the UK a capability that can be exploited for years to come.’
HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to sail back to Portsmouth following the completion of the tests and the crew should arrive in time for Christmas.