Portsmouth Naval Base Preps for Arrival of UK Navy’s Aircraft Carriers

Portsmouth Naval Base Preps for Arrival of UK Navy's Aircraft Carriers

Ten top officials from businesses and organisations in Portsmouth visited the city’s naval base to see how it is preparing for the arrival of the Navy’s huge aircraft carriers.

They were told about how the base is shaping up to accommodate the two new Queen Elizabeth-class carriers – at 65,000 tonnes the biggest ships ever built for the Navy – and were given a tour of helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious.

The guests included the Lord Mayor, Councillor Lynne Stagg, plus representatives from the NHS, schools, emergency services and the university.

Naval Base Commander, Commodore Jeremy Rigby, said:

“It was an invaluable opportunity to engage with some of the members of the local community.

“I was able to describe the really exciting plans for the future of the naval base as well as highlight where Portsmouth ships are on operations around the world.

“We also shared ideas as to how we can work more closely together for the benefit of Portsmouth.”

The new carriers – HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales – are taking shape at various shipyards across the country. HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to arrive in Portsmouth in 2016.

Press Release, July 2, 2013; Image: Royal Navy