Supercarrier HMS Queen Elizabeth will sail for the second phase of her sea trials later today.

The ship will leave Portsmouth around 12:45 according to the Queen’s Harbour Master timetable.

The primary purpose of the Queen’s Harbour Master (QHM) is to protect the port, the Royal Navy and its vessels and other government assets. QHM is part of the Ministry of Defence.

Queen Elizabeth sailed on the 26th of June 2017 for the first stage of her sea trials to monitor speed, manoeuvrability, power and propulsion as well as undertaking additional tests on her levels of readiness.

Once this was accomplished, the ship took to the open sea off the east coast of Scotland to undertake the first set of trials, including handling and speed tests. During this period, Queen Elizabeth was accompanied by a pair of Type 23 frigates, HMS Sutherland and HMS Iron Duke, acting as escorts.

The first aircraft to land on the ship was a Merlin HM.2 of 820 Naval Air Squadron on the 3rd July. Following initial runs in and around the Firth of Forth, the carrier was taken further north to the Moray Firth, during which period the ship encountered the Cunard cruise liner Queen Elizabeth.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is now heading back to sea for the second stage which aims to test her Mission Systems.


  1. Why does it take so long to get a ship operational
    I do know things have to get working correctly but two years after first sea trials is a long time

    • New ship, new ship class, first carrier in many years. You have to make sure the ship is working properly, test its abilities and systems and get the crew used to operating a new type of ship. It will be commissioned this year and technically could be rushed to be operational if the need arises. You have also got the aviation aspect to the ship which adds complexity. You need to do sea trials with multiple types of helicopters, as well as the implementation of a completely new type of jet aircraft.

      • To add another layer on top of that, the UK is still learning how operate carrier strike groups after been out of the game for so many years.

      • Absolutely correct. There’s also the consideration that every small problem or defect would be pounced upon by our hysterical media, so it is worth taking extra time to ensure everything is as spot on as possible, though obviously problems will no doubt arise during her trials.

          • Why not? They had guys with Blowpipe in the Falklands. We’d have to buy done missiles first as unless the Stingers are still around we don’t have any, HVM Starstreak is not shoulder launched.

          • Why not? They had guys with Blowpipe in the Falklands. We’d have to buy some missiles first as unless the Stingers are still around we don’t have any, HVM Starstreak is not shoulder launched.

  2. As I watched HMS Queen Elizabeth go out of Portsmouth on her second set of trials I couldn’t help notice a couple of things; namely:
    a) That she had no armaments installed! The plans state that she is supposed to have the Phalanx close range defence system and the 30mm naval gun;
    b) I heard no inference to an escort? On the first trials she was supported by a frigate, so why is there nothing on hand this time!

  3. Sea ceptor urgently needed, said it before, will keep stating this fact in the vain hope that someone from the MOD reads UK defence journal.

  4. Can anyone answer a question about the Destroyers, I have heard that the reason for them being in port allot is that the RR engines aren’t doing very well?

  5. Possibly a silly question but would it be possible to attach two quad pack Sea Ceptors to each of the Phalanx CIWS. The radar system Artisan is capable, the missile is cold launched, I think by using air-pressure to eject it from the launcher this then means that there is no smoke covering the flight deck or debris. This should give a good self defence package if anything get inside the CSG defence screen.


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