HMS Queen Elizabeth sets sail for Portsmouth after completing flight trials in the US

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HMS Queen Elizabeth is on her way back to Portsmouth after completing her nine-week deployment in the US.

The Royal Navy warship has spent the last few weeks testing carrying out flight trials with F-35 jets.

Yesterday the ship’s Twitter account announced that she had left the US and was on her way home to Portsmouth.

HMS Queen Elizabeth and her crew are expected to be back in the UK by Christmas.

During the flight trials the ship’s company on the Royal Navy vessel completed such trials as night flying, a ‘bizarre’ backwards landing and F-35 bomb dropping tests. 

She is expected to enter service in 2020.

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

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. 

The crew of HMS Queen Elizabeth have also been crowned aircraft carrier ‘soccer’ champions after being sailors from four US ships.