THE NATION'S FLAGSHIPS

HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales

Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers are the biggest warships ever built for the Royal Navy – and the most advanced. They’re our nation’s flagships, and will be for the next 50 years, as they embark on our most vital global deployments.

HMS Queen Elizabeth has already been accepted to the fleet, while HMS Prince of Wales is still under constructionisLF35 vat Rosyth dockyard in Scotland. Each represents four acres of sovereign territory and serves as a symbol of our international influence.

UK takes Delivery of final F-35B Lightning of this year

The UK has taken delivery of its 14th F-35B Lightning II which flew into Beaufort, South Carolina, to take its place as part of the Lightning Fleet, set to operate from HMS Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales.

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Britain's second aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales afloat for the first time

HMS Prince of Wales has been floated and moved to her fitting-out berth at Rosyth. In a delicate overnight operation, sluices were opened and water gradually filled the dry dock, specially enlarged for the 65,000-tonne warship and her older sister HMS Queen Elizabeth.

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Her Majesty The Queen welcomes HMS Queen Elizabeth into the Royal Navy fleet

Her Majesty The Queen has today commissioned the UK's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth into the Royal Navy.

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Weapons engineer wins top innovation award

A talented Electronic Technician has been awarded the Herbert Lott Innovation and Invention Award for pioneering a ground-breaking mapping system on board HMS Queen Elizabeth.

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THE BIG ARRIVAL

Take a look at how Britain's future flagship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, sailed into her home port of Portsmouth for the first time.

HMS Queen Elizabeth has already been accepted to the fleet, while HMS Prince of Wales is still under construction at Rosyth dockyard in Scotland. Each represents four acres of sovereign territory and serves as a symbol of our international influence.

WORLD-CLASS CAPABILITIES

Carrier Strike Exercise ends ahead of HMS Queen Elizabeth arrival. As Britain's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth prepares to sail into Portsmouth for the first time tomorrow, the team responsible for controlling her future strike force have proved their skills on a major US-UK exercise.

Saxon Warrior 2017 saw more than 60 Royal Navy and Royal Marine personnel direct carrier strike operations from the deck of the USS George HW Bush to practise for the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The exercise, which involved more than 100 jets, nearly 10,000 personnel and 15 warships from five NATO nations – including two frigates from Portsmouth Naval Base – took place off the coast of Scotland.

Commodore Andrew Betton, Commander UK Carrier Strike group said: "As we prepare to welcome HMS Queen Elizabeth to Portsmouth for the first time Exercise Saxon Warrior has offered an unparalleled opportunity for the Royal Navy to rehearse the coordination of the various ships, aircraft and submarines that will form the UK's Carrier Strike Group.

Exercise Saxon Warrior has offered an unparalleled opportunity for the Royal Navy to rehearse the coordination of the various ships, aircraft and submarines that will form the UK's Carrier Strike Group.
Andrew Betton Commodore

HMS Queen Elizabeth - The future of the Royal Navy

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DISCOVER THE SHIPS

HMS Queen Elizabeth

Undergoing her sea trails, HMS Queen Elizabeth is the first of the UK's new class of aircraft carrier.

DISCOVER THE SHIPS

HMS Prince of Wales

Under construction at Rosyth, HMS Prince of Wales is the second of the two aircraft carriers.

The Best of British Engineering

What does it take to construct the largest, most advanced British warship ever built? An unprecedented amount of equipment and the expertise of thousands of people across the UK. Like the HMS Queen Elizabeth itself, the effort required to build it was incredibly ambitious and huge in scale.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE

"QEC not only firmly confirms us as leading international power, it also gives us potential to provide a worldclass environment for our most fearsome weapons"

Kay, 27 - Weapon Engineering Technician on board HMS Queen Elizabeth

play your part

Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering)

Be a key part of the immense engineering effort that goes into powering our ships, keeping every operation on track and making some essential missions possible.


Chef

Our world-class training means you'll learn all the ins and outs of running a highly efficient commercial kitchen, including responsibility for ordering, receiving, and accounting for provisions to sustain the menus you'll write.


Warfare Specialist

Act as the eyes and ears of the ship. You'll work with our most advanced war-fighting equipment on a daily basis, providing information that influences major tactical decisions.

OUR GLOBAL REACH

The F35 Lightning

The F35 Lightning II will provide the ultimate punch of the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.

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If you already know the role you're interested in and have checked your eligibility, you can start your application below. If you are looking for further information about the Naval Service then register your interest.