Her Majesty the Queen visited HMS Queen Elizabeth today – which she commissioned in 2017 – before the aircraft carrier sets sail from Portsmouth on a massive global deployment.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was also among those to visit HMS Queen Elizabeth ahead of her departure, joined on Friday by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, First Sea Lord, Admiral Tony Radakin and Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston on the flight deck.
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— Commander UK Carrier Strike Group (@smrmoorhouse) May 22, 2021
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:
“The UK’s Carrier Strike Group today sets sail to write Britain’s name in the next chapter of history – a truly global Britain that steps forward to tackle the challenges of tomorrow, working hand-in-hand with our friends to defend our shared values and uphold the rules-based international order.
This deployment shows that we are strong on our own, but we are stronger with our allies. I want to join the nation in wishing the crews across the Carrier Strike Group every success as they depart on this truly historic endeavour.”
In addition to the above, an Astute class submarine has also been confirmed to be joining the group.
Is HMS Queen Elizabeth named after the current Queen Elizabeth?
No. The name HMS Queen Elizabeth is a continuation of an historic Royal Navy name dating back over a century and the vessel herself is not named after the current monarch, despite a popular misconception to the contrary.
While this is not a surprise to anyone, it’s been well publicised, we believe it important to clear up any doubt on this matter.
You can read more about the name of the vessel and its origins by visiting the link below.