HMS Queen Elizabeth (BB343)

HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest and most powerful vessel ever constructed for the Royal Navy. This awe-inspiring warship is capable of carrying up to 40 aircraft.

HMS Queen Elizabeth (BB343) is currently on deployment

Alongside in Portsmouth


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As well as state-of-the-art weaponry and communications systems, HMS Queen Elizabeth boasts a cinema, a games room, and five gyms. There’s also a chapel and medical centre with three GPs and a dentist.

The flight deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth comes in at an enormous four acres, and will be used to launch the fearsome new F35 Joint Strike Fighter fast jet. Two fighter jets can be moved from the hangar to the flight deck in just one minute.

The ship’s two propellers weigh 33 tonnes each. The powerplant behind them generates enough power to run 1000 family cars.

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

280 metres

Total length

65,000 tonnes

Total weight

25 knots

Top speed


Our Skills

Our skills

When HMS Queen Elizabeth becomes operational in 2020, her ship’s company will number around 1,600 personnel. Between them, this highly trained crew will have an extraordinary range of skills, including but not limited to:

  • Delivering airpower
  • Air traffic control 
  • Hospitality
  • Aircraft operations
  • Communications
  • Maintenance 
  • Patrolling
  • Diplomatic receptions
  • Humanitarian assistance

Our Operations

Current operation



Putting our craft, kit and people through their paces so they perform to the highest standards.

Our Base

Our Base


Four locations are being used around the United Kingdom

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HMS Queen Elizabeth's role

HMS Queen Elizabeth is an investment in Britain’s security, prosperity and place in the world. She will provide a conspicuous presence on the global stage, sending a clear message of reassurance to our allies, and of defiance to those who would do us harm.

As well as being a powerful deterrent and symbol of British influence, HMS Queen Elizabeth will replace HMS Ocean as the Royal Navy’s Fleet Flagship. As the Fleet’s principal ship, she will carry senior naval staff, receive foreign dignitaries, and act as a command and control centre for the entire Royal Navy.

Commanding Officer

Commodore Steve Moorhouse

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