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HMS Queen Elizabeth latest news – Portsmouth Harbour arrival, sea trials and size comparison to other aircraft carriers

SHE is the crowning jewel of the British fleet and is soon to set sail with the Royal Navy for the first time. Here, we examine everything there is to know about the UK’s most expensive ever …

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SHE is the crowning jewel of the British fleet and is soon to set sail with the Royal Navy for the first time.

Here, we examine everything there is to know about the UK’s most expensive ever new warship – HMS Queen Elizabeth.

HMS Queen Elizabeth makes her way across the waves en route to Portsmouth

PA:Press Association 3 HMS Queen Elizabeth makes her way across the waves en route to Portsmouth

How big is HMS Queen Elizabeth and how much does it cost?

HMS Queen Elizabeth – nicknamed Big Lizzie – is the size of three football pitches and can carry 1,600 crew members and 36 fighter jets.

At 920ft long, the HMS Queen Elizabeth is longer than the Houses of Parliament.

Its length is also greater than the height of the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.

The huge warship’s construction, which began in 2004, along with its sister ship HMS Prince Of Wales is the most expensive in navy history costing £6billion.

It is the largest and most expensive ship that has ever been built for the Royal Navy, with a crew of 700 sailors and 200 industry contractors on board.

Recently, the colossal vessel was pictured during her sea trials off the coast of Scotland, alongside USS Donald Cook, USS Philippine Sea and the colossal American carrier USS George HW Bush.

HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH IN NUMBERS

  • Top speed – 25 knots up
  • Length – 920ft
  • Weight – 65,000 tonnes
  • Food on board – 45 days worth
  • Pipes – more than one millon inside the ship
  • Flight deck size – 230ft by 920ft – the equivalent of three football pitches
  • Man power – 28 million hours spent designing and building the carrier
  • Parts – 17 million

When does she arrive in Portsmouth Harbour?

HMS Queen Elizabeth set sail from the Rosyth dockyard in Fife on June 26.

The 65,000-tonne carrier passed under the iconic Forth Road Bridge, then spending several weeks in the North Sea for sea trials.

She arrived in Portsmouth Harbour on August 16, 2017, sharing the message “home” on social media as it came into the naval base.

Captain Jerry Kyd said he felt a “huge amount of pride” ahead of the vessel berthing in her home port.

On November 22, 2017, HMS Queen Elizabeth returned from a second period of sea trials.

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Can you track HMS Queen Elizabeth’s journey?

To keep up to date with where the HMS Queen Elizabeth is, you can visit the Royal Navy website for updates.

It gives you all the information and details about the Navy’s aircraft carriers.

There are also sites such as sea-scanner.com and vesselfinder.com where you can track the ship’s current position everyday.

The Queen inspects sailors at the commissioning ceremony of HMS Queen Elizabeth

Getty Images – Getty 3 The Queen inspects sailors at the commissioning ceremony of HMS Queen Elizabeth

What sea trials has she done?

The aircraft carrier spent six weeks in the North Sea for sea trials.

During the trip, the aircraft undertook handling and speed tests off the east coast of Scotland.

The Queen officially welcomed the UK’s new £3.1billion aircraft carrier into the Royal Navy fleet and declared it the “best of British”.

Her Maj arrived on board HMS Queen Elizabeth in an elegant purple outfit, at Portsmouth Naval base on December 7.

It is due to head to America’s east coast for flight trials which will begin in October 2018.

The HMS Queen Elizabeth will be declared as having a “full operational capability” in 2020.

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Theresa May’s allies urge her to delay holding Cabinet reshuffle to May after ending year on unexpected high

THERESA May’s allies are urging her to delay a government reshuffle to May after her surprise end to the year on a high. The Prime Minister has been widely expected to freshen up her ageing Cabinet…

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THERESA May’s allies are urging her to delay a government reshuffle to May after her surprise end to the year on a high.

The Prime Minister has been widely expected to freshen up her ageing Cabinet with four or five new faces at the start of the New Year.

 Theresa May’s allies are urging her to delay a Cabine reshuffle to MayPA Theresa May’s allies are urging her to delay a Cabine reshuffle to May

She has also privately caved to backbench pressure to promote more younger Tory MP rising stars onto the frontbench for the first time.

But the unexpected upturn in the troubled PM’s fortunes by securing Phase Two of Brexit talks has lead to a rethink among some in No10.

Mrs May’s aides are split over whether to now carry out the reshuffle after the council elections in May instead, when a wipeout in the cities is feared.

Holding on another five months would also help keep  ministers in line over the crucial internal deliberations until March over what exactly to ask the EU for in a Brexit trade deal.

 Education Secretary Justine Greening, Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire and Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom, pictured, are also said to be vulnerablePA Education Secretary Justine Greening, Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire and Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom, pictured, are also said to be vulnerable

One close ally of Mrs May told The Sun: “A reshuffle is not a card any PM can play too often, so you should only do one when you really have to.

“They have a habit of creating more problems than they solve, so there is a growing feeling not to rock the boat now Theresa is looking  more solid.

“We will also get an undoubted kicking at the locals in May, so we’ll need something to regain the initiative after them.”

Next year’s local elections on Thursday May 3 are largely being held only in the bigger towns and cities, including all 32 London boroughs.

 The PM will decide on when to hold the second reshuffle of her reign as PM over the Christmas breakPA The PM will decide on when to hold the second reshuffle of her reign as PM over the Christmas break

The Tories suffered heavy losses in the urban areas at the June general election and senior party figures fear a repeat drubbing, leaving the poll’s aftermath a moment of certain danger for Mrs May.

The PM will decide on when to hold the second reshuffle of her reign as PM over the Christmas break.

First Secretary Damian Green ongoing sexual harassment probe is also a key factor in her thinking, The Sun has been told.

Mrs May wants her de facto deputy’s precarious situation to be resolved first so she knows whether he needs to be replaced.

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Diane Abbott claims Labour would make it easier for immigrants to come to Britain after Brexit

LABOUR would make it easier for immigrants to come to Britain after Brexit, Diane Abbott has pledged. The shadow home secretary vowed to slash red tape that can make it hard for new arrivals to get…

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LABOUR would make it easier for immigrants to come to Britain after Brexit, Diane Abbott has pledged.

The shadow home secretary vowed to slash red tape that can make it hard for new arrivals to get into the country.

 The shadow home secretary vowed to make immigration to Britain easier under a Labour governmentGetty Images – Getty The shadow home secretary vowed to make immigration to Britain easier under a Labour government

Her remarks risk infuriating Leave voters, many of who backed the UK’s EU exit to limit record levels of immigration.

Ms Abbott also said the number of newcomers to the UK from Europe may not fall at all under a Labour government.

Quizzed on whether the overall number should drop, she told BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show: “Both business and public services like health and education are saying we do indeed need these European migrants that are coming here.

“We have to listen to them.”

 

 Tory Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis said: 'Today confirmed Labour’s approach to Brexit is a shambles'EPA Tory Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis said: ‘Today confirmed Labour’s approach to Brexit is a shambles’

Close Jeremy Corbyn ally Ms Abbott added: “Most people agree that we have to get rid of some of the bureaucracy around migration.

“That’s what we were referencing when we talked about easy movement – less bureaucracy.

“It’s good for migrants but it’s also good for business.”

Despite a fall since the EU referendum decision, net immigration to Britain is still running at 230,000 a year.

The most recent latest figure from the 12 months to the end of June is still more than double the Government’s annual target of less than 100,000.

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Refugee jailed for £40,000 benefit fraud is actually famous music icon known as the Somalian Phil Collins

A REFUGEE jailed for a £40,000 ­benefits fiddle is a music icon known as the Somalian Phil Collins. Crooner Mohamed Qoomaal, 72, has ­performed to sell-out crowds worldwide in a showbiz career span…

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A REFUGEE jailed for a £40,000 ­benefits fiddle is a music icon known as the Somalian Phil Collins.

Crooner Mohamed Qoomaal, 72, has ­performed to sell-out crowds worldwide in a showbiz career spanning three decades.

 Mohamed Qoomaal was jailed after conning UK taxpayers  out of £40,000 in benefits fraud Mohamed Qoomaal was jailed after conning UK taxpayers  out of £40,000 in benefits fraud

A source said of the singer, who played Wembley in 2006 and 2012: “This guy is huge in Africa. No one can believe the news about his imprisonment.”

Qoomaal moved here 15 years ago to escape civil war but returned to Mogadishu in 2013.

TV crews filmed him kissing the airport tarmac before he was led to a celebration bash with government officials.

But Qoomaal still milked the UK taxpayer.

Music video by Mohamed Qoomaal, known as the Somalian Phil Collins  Qoomaal is known as the Somalian Phil Collins, and has performed gigs around the world Qoomaal is known as the Somalian Phil Collins, and has performed gigs around the world

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