HMS Queen Elizabeth: Royal Navy aircraft carrier flies flag for ‘Global Britain’ 

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HMS Queen Elizabeth is continuing to fly the flag for ‘Global Britain' after completing historic flight trials in the US. 

The £3bn 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier has been on deployment in America since September for the F-35B deck tests, including spots in Flordia, Maryland, New York and Virginia. 

HMS Queen Elizabeth’s official twitter said that the warship continues to fly the flag for Global Britain. 

They tweeted: ‘Whether it is mixing with the most technologically advanced Warships or alongside the world’s largest Naval Station; we are certainly keeping the flag flying for Global Britain.’ 

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HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to return to Portsmouth before Christmas following the successful completion of the F-35 flight trials in America over the past nine weeks. 

HMS Queen Elizabeth in New York earlier this year. Picture: Royal Navy

HMS Queen Elizabeth in New York earlier this year. Picture: Royal Navy

Where is HMS Queen Elizabeth? 

The Royal Navy’s 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier and future flagship spent Thanksgiving in Norfolk, Virginia last week 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. 

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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.