HMS Queen Elizabeth crowned aircraft carrier ‘soccer’ champions after beating rival US Navy sailors 

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HMS Queen Elizabeth has been crowned aircraft carrier ‘soccer’ champions after beating the crews of four rival US Navy ships in a competition. 

The Royal Navy’s £3bn 65,000 tonne future flagship remains in America to decompress after finishing historic flight trials with F-35B jets last week. 

Sailors from the HMS Queen Elizabeth took part in a ‘soccer’ tournament with four American naval aircraft carriers and were crowned champions. 

The British crew came out on top against the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, USS George W. Bush, USS Abraham Lincoln and USS Gerald Ford – all of the aircraft carriers named for former US Presidents. 

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The Royal Navy’s first aircraft carrier’s official account tweeted: ‘Under a sultry sunset HMS Queen Elizabeth became the ‘soccer’ aircraft carrier champions.

HMS Queen Elizabeth in New York City during a break from historic flight trials in America. Picture: LPhot Kyle Heller/ Royal Navy

HMS Queen Elizabeth in New York City during a break from historic flight trials in America. Picture: LPhot Kyle Heller/ Royal Navy

‘The boys brought it home.’ 

After finishing the nine week deck trials last week, the HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived in Norfolk, Virginia and the British sailors had the chance to celebrate the US holiday of Thanksgiving. 

The ship is expected back in Portsmouth in time for Christmas. 

Why was HMS Queen Elizabeth in America? 

 HMS Queen Elizabeth was on deployment to the US as part of the preparations to get her ready to enter service in 2020. 

The aircraft carrier and her crew carried out a series of flight and deck trials – which saw F-35 jets land on her decks for the first time. 

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What else did HMS Queen Elizabeth do in America? 

When first arriving in the US, HMS Queen Elizabeth stopped in the port at Mayport, Florida, to re-supply. 

The aircraft carrier also spent a week in New York City – giving the crew time to explore the famous city. 

As well as taking part in national and international events while anchored in the Hudson River. 

And finally HMS Queen Elizabeth stopped at Naval Station Norfolk, in Virginia – near Portsmouth, Virginia – to drop off the F-35 testing equipment following the flight trials.