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Aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth returns to the Firth of Clyde


The Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has returned to the Firth of Clyde for the second time since its launch in July 2014.

The 65,000 tonne carrier was last seen on the Clyde in March last year when it sailed to Loch Long to be loaded with munitions ahead of its deployment with the Carrier Strike Group.

The ship returned to the loch on Monday, docking again at Glen Mallan Ordnance Pier which has completed a £67million upgrade to accommodate the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers the year last.

The Royal Navy said HMS Queen Elizabeth was visiting Glen Mallan as part of a routine logistics visit, after returning to sea as Britain’s very high readiness aircraft carrier.

The Carrier is the largest ship built for the Royal Navy (Royal Navy/PA)

Captain Ian Feasey, Captain of HMS Queen Elizabeth, said: “It is fantastic for the flagship of the fleet to be back in this spectacular region to use this improved facility supporting our role as the UK‘s Strike Carrier. .

“The pace of the ship’s visits here over the next few years will punctuate the strong affiliation we have with Scotland.”

HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest and most powerful ship ever built for the Royal Navy.

Construction of the vessel began in 2009 with six shipyards across the UK involved in building different sections of the vessel which were then transported to Rosyth shipyard in Fife where they were assembled.