HMS Illustrious sails into Rosyth for new Royal Navy carrier’s ceremony

HMS Illustrious as she left Portsmouth
HMS Illustrious as she left Portsmouth

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HMS Illustrious has sailed into the River Forth ahead of a naming ceremony for the Royal Navy’s new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Tomorrow will see the Queen officially name HMS Queen Elizabeth at an event in Rosyth where the newest carrier is being put together.

HMS Illustrious is three times smaller than the new ship, which is the largest ever built for the Royal Navy.

And that size difference will become clear when the ship docks next to Queen Elizabeth.

Captain Mike Utley, the commanding officer of HMS Illustrious, said: ‘This is a milestone moment in the history of the Royal Navy and we are proud to play our part in the occasion.

‘It is the only time HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Illustrious — as carrier capability present and future — will sit side-by-side.’


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