HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain's largest ever warship, is due to set sail today

 
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Queen Elizabeth II officially names the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth
The massive aircraft carrier is due to start trials today (Source: Getty)

The Royal Navy's largest ever warship, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, is due to set sail from the Rosyth dockyard in Fife for the first time today.

At 280m, the ship is longer than the Houses of Parliament (265m), and it weighs a mammoth 65,000 tonnes.

The aircraft carrier, which has taken eight years to build, will be able to operate with a crew of 1,000 and 40 aircraft once in full service.

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​Together with the HMS Prince of Wales, the Royal Navy's two new carriers will cost more than £6bn.

Eleven tugs will manoeuvre the ship out of the dock and through a tight entrance into the estuary. From there, the HMS Queen Elizabeth will travel under the Forth bridges.

The vessel was built by an alliance between Babcock, Thales, BAE Systems and the Ministry of Defence.

It will still be several years before the ship is fully operational after trials this summer.

Check out the massive warship in all its glory:

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