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HMS Queen Elizabeth - The Royal Navy's Largest-Ever Ship

 The biggest-ever warship built by the Royal Navy, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has set sail for the very first time after a 10-year build.
 
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The aircraft carrier is so large that it was a struggle just to get her out to sea – she had less than 12 inches of clearance either side of the entrance to the dock she was built in. She weighs almost 72,000 tons, and cost $3.9 billion to build.
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Her arsenal of military hardware includes mini-guns, 30mm guns, a close-in weapons system, state-of-the-art radar and a fleet of F-35B fighter jets and helicopters. She is 920 feet long, and has no less than nine decks.
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HMS Queen Elizabeth has room for 1,000 crew and 40 aircraft. Her very first journey will see her making her way around the Scottish coast, before docking near Kirkcaldy for a few days. Following the stopover, she will head north to Moray Firth so she can begin her first six-week sea trial.
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Commanding officer, Captain Jerry Kydd, said that there are very few military capabilities that are as symbolic of military might as an aircraft carrier’s strike capability.
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The most powerful ship ever built for the British Navy also boasts on-board facilities such as a dentist, chemist, police station and a fully-staffed kitchen. It will be another few years before she enters fully-fledged military service – sometime in the 2020s.

 

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