HMS Queen Elizabeth begins the long voyage to Portsmouth

Britain entered a new era of naval power as the UK's largest warship ever built took to the seas for the first time earlier this week.

Wednesday, 28th June 2017, 7:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 11:16 am
Proud members of the ship's company watch as the giant warship inches her way to sea for the first time. From left, Able Seaman (AB) Natasha Elford, AB Layton Toward and AB Richard Mead

HMS Queen Elizabeth – the Royal Navy’s first new aircraft carrier in a generation – successfully left her base at Rosyth, Scotland, for trials in the North Sea.

The 65,000-tonne carrier’s 733-strong ship’s company are now starting to carry out six weeks of tests of the ship’s systems.

She is scheduled to arrive in Portsmouth in the autumn.

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Commanding Officer, HMS Queen Elizabeth Captain Jerry Kid, signing the Certificate of Seaworthiness prior to the ship sailing from Rosyth

Here’s a selection of pictures recording part of that historic day.

Four acres of sovereign territory, the 65,000-tonne carrier is about to start sea trails. Deployable across the globe she is expected to serve the United Kingdom on operations for 50 years alongside her sister ship HMS Prine of Wales
Chief Petty Office Physical Training Instructor Andrew Vercoe on HMS Queen Elizabeth's bridge
Able Seaman Jess Hewes logs the ship's events in the ship's log as she sails out for the first time
Able Seaman Robyn Wright guards the ship as she sails
HMS Queen Elizabeth's captain Jerry Kid and the Commander monitoring progress as the ship sails out of the basin
AB Caitline Raine acts as a look-out on the bridge as the ship sails
AB Jess Hewes and AB Scott Campbell look out from the bridge windows as the ship sails
Members of the ship's company attach lines from the tug boats allocated to aid the safe exit of the ship from the basin
Commanding Officer, HMS Queen Elizabeth Captain Jerry Kid, signing the Certificate of Seaworthiness prior to the ship sailing from Rosyth
Four acres of sovereign territory, the 65,000-tonne carrier is about to start sea trails. Deployable across the globe she is expected to serve the United Kingdom on operations for 50 years alongside her sister ship HMS Prine of Wales
Chief Petty Office Physical Training Instructor Andrew Vercoe on HMS Queen Elizabeth's bridge
Able Seaman Jess Hewes logs the ship's events in the ship's log as she sails out for the first time
Able Seaman Robyn Wright guards the ship as she sails
HMS Queen Elizabeth's captain Jerry Kid and the Commander monitoring progress as the ship sails out of the basin
AB Caitline Raine acts as a look-out on the bridge as the ship sails
AB Jess Hewes and AB Scott Campbell look out from the bridge windows as the ship sails
Members of the ship's company attach lines from the tug boats allocated to aid the safe exit of the ship from the basin