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The 65,000-tonne carrier is the largest warship ever to be built in the UK [Image: LPhot Dan Rosenbaum/Royal Navy/PA].

Remember our £1 billion Type 45 naval destroyers? They kept breaking down.

The government’s answer was to wait until the warranties ran out and then buy new engines, costing tens of millions of pounds – because of course austerity doesn’t exist in the world of defence.

Now we have an aircraft carrier costing three times as much as the Type 45 destroyers.

Will it suffer three times as many faults? Let us hope not.

The HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived alongside Portsmouth naval base where the Royal Navy’s newest and biggest ship will be based for its estimated 50-year lifespan.

The 280-metre, 65,000-tonne vessel has been undergoing training and tests at sea after setting out from Rosyth dockyard in Scotland in June.

Those on board and watching from the shore were treated to two separate flypasts of Royal Navy helicopters, the first featuring a Sea King, two MK2 Merlins and two MK3 Merlins, which were then joined by two Hawk jets for the second.

Theresa May hailed the ship as a symbol of the UK as a “great global maritime nation”.

Source: UK’s £3bn aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Portsmouth | UK news | The Guardian

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