WATCH: Commanding officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth hails navy's new carriers as 'symbols of national power'

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The captain of the Royal Navy's mighty new aircraft carrier says she and her sister ship will be 'symbols of national power.'

As HMS Queen Elizabeth - the largest and most powerful ship ever built for the Royal Navy - prepared to set sail for the first time today for extensive sea trials off Scotland, Captain Jerry Kyd talked about the relevance of such a large ship and her sister carrier HMS Prince of Wales in a changing defence world.

HMS Queen Elizabeth

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