Assault ship HMS Albion has transferred the duty of Royal Navy Fleet Flagship to aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.
As Fleet Flagship, HMS Queen Elizabeth will carry senior naval staff, receive foreign dignitaries, and act as a command and control centre for other Royal Navy vessels.
In the last few decades, the flagship has usually been an aircraft carrier but in 2010 the flagship became assault ship HMS Albion, assault ship HMS Bulwark in 2011, helicopter carrier HMS Ocean in June 2015 and then back to HMS Albion in 2018.
Today HMS Albion transfers the duty of Fleet Flagship to HMS Queen Elizabeth, a duty all who have served on her since March 2018 have executed with great pride. This marks a new era for the Royal Navy and Global Britain 🇬🇧@HMSQNLZ #RoyalNavy pic.twitter.com/OG9E3eXVty
— HMS Albion (@hms_albion) January 27, 2021
HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group will deploy to the Pacific later this year.
Prior to the deployment, it is understood that the carrier strike group will go through a work-up trial off the west Hebrides range sometime in early 2021.
The Ministry of Defence say that the Carrier Strike Group “offers Britain choice and flexibility on the global stage, reassuring our friends and allies and presents a powerful deterrent to would-be adversaries.”
You can read more about this deployment by visiting the article linked to here.