WATCH: Queen Elizabeth meets Queen Elizabeth

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Footage shows when HMS Queen Elizabeth met the Cunard cruise liner MV Queen Elizabeth off the coast of Scotland.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently on contractor sea trials and was at anchor just off the coast of Invergordon.

The cruise ship made a close pass to the mighty carrier so that ships company and contractors alike on HMS Queen Elizabeth could get a close look at the liner. It was certainly a treat for the passengers and will no doubt be one of the highlights of their cruise.

Following this initial period, HMS Queen Elizabeth will return to Rosyth for further testing and maintenance before heading back to sea for a second stage which aims to test her Mission Systems.

She will transit to her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base to be handed over to the Royal Navy later this year.

The operation to move the vessel out of the basin was performed by a fleet of tugs and attracted significant public interest.

Admiral Sir Philip Jones First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff said:

“This is a hugely significant moment for the Royal Navy, for all our Armed Forces and for our island nation. Once in service HMS Queen Elizabeth will be the largest aircraft carrier in the world outside the United States, and the first designed from the outset to operate a fifth generation aircraft.

Already this ship represents the best of the UK’s industrial and engineering expertise, and once in service she will symbolise our military power and authority in the world for decades to come. There is still much work to do between now and then, but be in no doubt: a new era of British maritime power is about to begin.”

Video Crown Copyright 2017.

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