03 Oct '12, 11am

First Royal Navy crew join HMS Queen Elizabeth

Eight personnel have become the first of many members of the ship's company to join the ship and will now work alongside the Aircraft Carrier Alliance as the new carrier begins to take shape. They will learn about the ship and technological advances and feed this in to developing the ship's organisation, routines and procedures so that she is ready to sail and operate as soon as the yard has finished building her. Due to be handed over to the Ministry of Defence in 2016, the HMS Queen Elizabeth will be huge at 280 metres in length, and will be capable of embarking 40 aircraft - double the current capability of an aircraft carrier. Led by Captain Simon Petitt, the Royal Navy team will be the first sailors to join an HMS Queen Elizabeth since a Dreadnought Class battleship of the same name, launched in 1913, was decommissioned in 1948. Captain Petitt said: "I am privileged t...

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