Britain's biggest warship HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives for New York visit

The £3.1bn behemoth, which has 1,500 personnel on board, has anchored in the Hudson River about two miles from Manhattan.

HMS Queen Elizabeth - the biggest warship in the British naval fleet - has sailed into New York for a week-long visit.

The £3.1bn behemoth, which has 1,500 personnel on board, anchored in the
Hudson River about two miles from Manhattan on Friday ahead of it
hosting several major national and international events in the city.

Commuters aboard the Staten Island ferry could catch a fine view of the
Portsmouth-based ship upon its arrival, as could tourists taking in the
sights and sounds of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

According to its commanding officer Captain Jerry Kyd, it is the biggest
aircraft carrier to have arrived in New York in more than half a

He said: "I am delighted and proud to have brought HMS Queen Elizabeth into New York Harbour for the first time.

"This visit is very symbolic of the intimate relationship the Royal Navy
has with the US Navy and Marine Corps and comes at the midway point in
the F-35 flight trials.

"We have over 170 embarked US staff at the moment on board in support."

The air wing of HMS Queen Elizabeth - which also boasts a chapel, a
medical centre and a dentist - is set to feature a permanent combination

British and American jets.

Starting in 2021, US Marine Corps will operate their warplanes from the
vessel. It has enough space for 36 of the cutting-edge F-35 jets.

There will be a new skipper on deck by then, with Captain Kyd to hand
over to Captain Nick Cooke-Priest for the second phase of the F-35

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is expected to visit the 65,000-tonne
carrier on Saturday and described its arrival in the US as "a symbol of
our enduring commitment to our security and the security of our

The head of the Royal Navy, Admiral Sir Philip Jones, will join Mr
Williamson on board for the special Trafalgar Day dinner, which
celebrates the victory of Britain and Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson over
the combined French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21
October 1805.

Crew stationed on HMS Queen Elizabeth will also have the chance to step
onto dry land during its stay in the city that never sleeps, with trips
to Times Square and the 9/11 memorial among those planned.

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