HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales are united for first time
Added 12-04-19 09:36:02pm EST - “The 65,000-tonne warship HMS Queen Elizabeth has arrived at the Hampshire naval base three weeks before Christmas after a three-month deployment to the US for test flights of her F-35B Lightning jets.” - Dailymail.co.uk
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Sailors were welcomed home today as the Royal Navy's two giant aircraft carriers worth £3billion each docked together, stern to bow, for the first time at their home base of Portsmouth.
The 65,000-tonne warship HMS Queen Elizabeth has arrived at the Hampshire naval base three weeks before Christmas after a three-month deployment to the US for test flights of her F-35B Lightning jets.
She manoeuvred into place alongside sister ship HMS Prince of Wales, which arrived for the first time last month at Portsmouth and will be commissioned later this month by Prince Charles and Camilla on December 10.
At the same time, two of her escorts, HMS Northumberland and RFA Tideforce, returned to warm welcomes in Devonport in Plymouth - and made their way to their respective homes at RNAS Culdrose and Yeovilton.
As the ship sailed into the harbour this morning, the crew tweeted: 'What a beautiful morning for our entry. It's hard to believe just weeks ago we were flying F-35's from these decks for the very first time. Home is in clear view.'
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