Royal Navy

HMS Queen Elizabeth makes her first overseas port visit to Gibraltar 


The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived in Gibraltar this morning for her first overseas port visit.

The aircraft carrier docked at just before 9:30am UK time escorted by the Type 23 frigate HMS Somerset.

She is currently undertaking rotary wing trials, where information will be taken about landings, take-offs and manoeuvres in differing weather conditions.

“As the Rock casts its shadow over the flight deck of our world-class aircraft carrier, Gibraltar rightfully marks HMS Queen Elizabeth’s first overseas stop as she refuels and takes on supplies before continuing her sea trials.

“I’m sure our friends in Gibraltar will be proud to see our future flagship sail through British waters into their famous port.”

Captain Jerry Kyd, the Commanding Officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth, said:

“Gibraltar is the perfect stop for HMS Queen Elizabeth as we conduct our flying trials in the waters off the Iberian Peninsula.

“I am personally very lucky to have visited the Rock many times in my naval career, but well over a quarter of my sailors have not yet experienced what, for the Royal Navy, is something of an iconic run ashore.”

Since departing the UK for the first time since being commissioned into the Royal Navy, HMS Queen Elizabeth and her ship’s company of 1,000 men and women have been undergoing intensive training.

Under the guidance of the Royal Navy’s Flag Officer Sea Training organisation, all those on board have been honing their skills in dealing with a series of lifelike exercise scenarios including fires, floods, man overboard drills and a simulated crash on deck.

Built at a cost of £3.1bn, HMS Queen Elizabeth was launched last December.