Queen names the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth

Daily Echo: Largest ever warship named by Queen Largest ever warship named by Queen

The largest warship ever built in the UK has been officially named at a ceremony attended by the Queen, Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister Alex Salmond.

The 65,000-tonne Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth was formally christened during an event at the Rosyth Dockyard in Fife, where the ship was assembled and fitted out.

Daily Echo:

The Queen, who was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, oversaw the traditional naming ceremony by pressing a button to release a bottle of Islay malt whisky - suspended at the front of the ship - to smash on to the hull.

About 3,500 people involved in the design and construction of the carrier watched the celebrations, alongside dignitaries and politicians including First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas, Labour leader Ed Miliband and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond.

Also attending the ceremony were Chancellor George Osborne, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander and Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael, as well as former prime minister and Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP Gordon Brown.

The RAF's Red Arrows performed a fly-past during the event, painting the sky over the Forth red, white and blue.

The fly-past was followed by a procession of three generations of Royal Navy aircraft, including a historic 1950s de Havilland Sea Vixen fighter - the last and only flying aircraft of its kind in the world.

Aircraft Carrier Alliance managing director Ian Booth, the man overseeing the construction of the ship, said: ''This is a historic occasion for our country and a proud moment for more than 10,000 people across the UK who have worked together to deliver HMS Queen Elizabeth.

''This is an engineering challenge of unprecedented scale and complexity for UK shipbuilding and I want to congratulate everyone involved in making today possible.

''The ship truly reflects the very best of British design and ingenuity and we all feel an enormous honour to see Her Majesty name her today.''

Daily Echo:

The naming ceremony, a naval tradition dating back thousands of years, marked the first time in more than 15 years that the Queen has christened a Royal Navy warship.

It comes five years after the first metal was cut on the vessel and 33 months after the first section entered the dry dock at Rosyth for construction to begin.

The ship and a second vessel, the under-construction HMS Prince of Wales, are the largest warships ever built for the Royal Navy.

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8:14pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Lone Ranger. says...

It will be out of date by the time the first aircraft go on it
It will be out of date by the time the first aircraft go on it Lone Ranger.
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8:46pm Fri 4 Jul 14

House Sparrow says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
It will be out of date by the time the first aircraft go on it
Ever the cheerful optimist!
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: It will be out of date by the time the first aircraft go on it[/p][/quote]Ever the cheerful optimist! House Sparrow
  • Score: 1

7:38am Sat 5 Jul 14

10 Minute Man says...

One hypersonic sea launched ballistic missile to the mid-ships and boom, it will be sunk.
One hypersonic sea launched ballistic missile to the mid-ships and boom, it will be sunk. 10 Minute Man
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11:34am Sat 5 Jul 14

southy says...

House Sparrow wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
It will be out of date by the time the first aircraft go on it
Ever the cheerful optimist!
The truth is that this ship was out of date before it had been christened, Technology is making things out of date before they even used.
[quote][p][bold]House Sparrow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: It will be out of date by the time the first aircraft go on it[/p][/quote]Ever the cheerful optimist![/p][/quote]The truth is that this ship was out of date before it had been christened, Technology is making things out of date before they even used. southy
  • Score: -2

1:13pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Saintly Sam says...

10 Minute Man wrote:
One hypersonic sea launched ballistic missile to the mid-ships and boom, it will be sunk.
Just a stab in the dark, but I feel the designers may have already thought of that and added some anti missile defenses to her, plus she won't go out alone, she will be surrounded by frigates and destroyers whose main function will be to act as a shield against such attacks.
[quote][p][bold]10 Minute Man[/bold] wrote: One hypersonic sea launched ballistic missile to the mid-ships and boom, it will be sunk.[/p][/quote]Just a stab in the dark, but I feel the designers may have already thought of that and added some anti missile defenses to her, plus she won't go out alone, she will be surrounded by frigates and destroyers whose main function will be to act as a shield against such attacks. Saintly Sam
  • Score: 3

1:42pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Shoong says...

southy wrote:
House Sparrow wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
It will be out of date by the time the first aircraft go on it
Ever the cheerful optimist!
The truth is that this ship was out of date before it had been christened, Technology is making things out of date before they even used.
Er, yes, that's the same for anything involving technology.

It's called technological progress, it tends to be constant rather than suddenly jump forward in spurts.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]House Sparrow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: It will be out of date by the time the first aircraft go on it[/p][/quote]Ever the cheerful optimist![/p][/quote]The truth is that this ship was out of date before it had been christened, Technology is making things out of date before they even used.[/p][/quote]Er, yes, that's the same for anything involving technology. It's called technological progress, it tends to be constant rather than suddenly jump forward in spurts. Shoong
  • Score: 1

1:43pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Shoong says...

House Sparrow wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
It will be out of date by the time the first aircraft go on it
Ever the cheerful optimist!
Indeed, everything is so awful I'm surprised he has the courage to get out of bed in the mornings.
[quote][p][bold]House Sparrow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: It will be out of date by the time the first aircraft go on it[/p][/quote]Ever the cheerful optimist![/p][/quote]Indeed, everything is so awful I'm surprised he has the courage to get out of bed in the mornings. Shoong
  • Score: 1
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