HMS Queen Elizabeth: Families of £3bn aircraft carrier’s crew given vouchers by Royal Navy as thank you for their support 

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The families of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s ship’s company have been given special vouchers by the Royal Navy as a thank you for their support. 

The vouchers were gifted to the relatives by the navy’s family welfare grant. 

HMS Queen Elizabeth tweeted: ‘Great to see the Royal Navy extended family in action.

‘No matter where you are someone will always have your back.’ 

The vouchers are eligible at a range of businesses including Iceland, Pizza Express, Halfords and more. 

A note attached with the vouchers reads: ‘These vouchers are provided from the Royal Navy Family Welfare Grant for the families of those Servicemen and Servicewomen deployed on operations. 

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 commanding officer and the ship’s company of HMS Queen Elizabeth thank all of our families and loved ones for their support throughout this busy operational period. 

‘Thank you for your support and see you soon.’ 

READ MORE: Final flight test carried out on HMS QE

Where is HMS Queen Elizabeth? 

The Royal Navy’s 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier and future flagship is in Norfolk, Virginia after completing nine weeks of flight trials. 

The ship will then head back across the Atlantic and arrive home in Portsmouth just in time for Christmas – so the crew can spend it with their loved ones. 

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. 

READ MORE: HMS Queen Elizabeth: 9 landmark moments from Royal Navy’s £3bn aircraft carrier’s flight trials

What else did HMS Queen Elizabeth do in America? 

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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.