HMS Queen Elizabeth through the years

HMS Queen Elizabeth: 32 stunning pictures of Royal Navy carrier over the years from her construction through to USA deployment

HMS Queen Elizabeth is the future flagship of the Royal Navy and will enter active service in the next decade. 

However she has already been on a number of adventures, from her first arrival in Portsmouth through to her deployment to the east coast of the U.S. for Westlant 18. Here are pictures of the aircraft carrier over the years: 

A ship builder works on a section of HMS Queen Elizabeth at BAE Systems in Portsmouth in December 2010. She was built in parts at sites across the country including our city,  Glasgow and Rosyth. Picture: Chris Ison/PA Wire

1. HMS Queen Elizabeth being built

A ship builder works on a section of HMS Queen Elizabeth at BAE Systems in Portsmouth in December 2010. She was built in parts at sites across the country including our city, Glasgow and Rosyth. Picture: Chris Ison/PA Wire
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Parts of the HMS Queen Elizabeth in construction with Portsmouth Naval Base in December 2010. Picture: Sarah Standing (104168-1047)

2. Construction work continues

Parts of the HMS Queen Elizabeth in construction with Portsmouth Naval Base in December 2010. Picture: Sarah Standing (104168-1047)
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Nick East, mechanical manager and Kevin Lee, electrical manager, infront of parts of the HMS Queen Elizabeth in construction with Portsmouth Naval Base in 2010. Picture: Sarah Standing (104168-1126)

3. Faces of the people who helped build HMS QE

Nick East, mechanical manager and Kevin Lee, electrical manager, infront of parts of the HMS Queen Elizabeth in construction with Portsmouth Naval Base in 2010. Picture: Sarah Standing (104168-1126)
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The pieces of HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived in Rosyth to be assembled in 2012. Picture: Freelance

4. HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Scotland

The pieces of HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived in Rosyth to be assembled in 2012. Picture: Freelance
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