The aircraft carrier is returning this evening for a quick pit-stop before her global deployment.
HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group recently took part in Exercise Strike Warrior off the Scottish coast.
The vessel will now undertake final preparations for her maiden operational deployment to the Asia-Pacific.
On the official Queens Harbour Master Portsmouth website, the vessel is listed to arrive at Portsmouth at 1655.
According to the National Museum of the Royal Navy:
“HMS Queen Elizabeth is making an unexpected return to Portsmouth. She has been on Operation Strike Warrior off the coast of Scotland and was heading back to the Solent to anchor, ahead of her maiden deployment. However with bad weather forecast and with a need to take on more supplies, she will come alongside for a short time.”
The Royal Navy say that the Carrier Strike Group will visit more than one fifth of the world’s nations when it sails next month.
“Led by HMS Queen Elizabeth, the task group will visit 40 nations including India, Japan, Republic of Korea and Singapore in a deployment covering 26,000 nautical miles. The group will also join up and take part in exercises with French carrier FS Charles De Gaulle in the Mediterranean as well as navies and aircraft from allies such as the US, Canada, Denmark, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan and the UAE.
Joining HMS Queen Elizabeth on her maiden deployment are destroyers HMS Diamond and Defender; frigates HMS Richmond and Kent; an Astute-class submarine in support below the waves; and Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ships RFA Fort Victoria and RFA Tidespring. More than 30 aircraft will also embark across the task group including F-35 jets from 617 Squadron, the Dambusters, and the US Marine Corps’ VMFA-211; Wildcat helicopters from 815 Naval Air Squadron and Merlin helicopters from 820 and 845 Naval Air Squadrons.”