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HMS Queen Elizabeth sails alongside USS George HW Bush



The Royal Navy’s new £3billion aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth met up with a convoy of British and US warships as they sailed off the Scottish coast in the North Sea.
A video showed the majestic ship cut through the waves as the USS George HW Bush and her carrier strike group followed, during a break in an exercise.
Other members of the group included the HMS Westminster, HMS Iron Duke, HNOMS Helge Ingstad from Norway, USS Donald Cook and USS Philippine Sea.
HMS Elizabeth, the jewell of the British fleet, has been taking part in a series of war games with her US counterparts as carrier strike skills are honed ahead of her entry into service at Portsmouth in two weeks time.
Military leaders have said the Elizabeth and her sister ship HMS Prince of Wales would mark Britain as a player on the world map, and be able to match the capabilities of the larger fleet of US warships.
Commodore Andrew Betton said the flagship was ‘firmly the right thing’ for the UK to invest in, given its role as a permanent member of the United Nations security council.
Extensive preparations have been under way at the naval base to accommodate the 280-metre, 65,000-tonne ship, including a dredging operation that unearthed more than 20,000 items including a human skull and sea mines from Portsmouth Harbour.

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