Hundreds of people have gathered to see HMS Queen Elizabeth depart from her home port for the first time today.
The Royal Navy’s new £3 billion aircraft carrier left Portsmouth just after 12.45pm for the second set of her sea trials.
She was not flying the white ensign however, that is flown by all Royal Navy Warships, as she has not officially been ‘handed-over’ to the Senior Service yet.
The nation’s new flagship was set to leave Portsmouth Naval Base last week, but did not sail because of bad weather.
The carrier tweeted saying: “As we leave our homeport behind, we turn our focus to the open sea for the second part of our sea trials.”
— HMS Queen Elizabeth (@HMSQnlz) October 30, 2017
The carrier is due to spend a month at sea around the south-west of the United Kingdom testing out its radar, communications and other technical equipment, according to the Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA), who are responsible for the trials.