THE crowning jewel of the British fleet is today returning from its maiden voyage to the US. Here, we examine everything there is to know about the UK's most expensive ever warship - HMS Queen Elizabeth. Who built HMS Queen Elizabeth and how much does it cost? HMS Queen Elizabeth – nicknamed Big Lizzie – is the size of three football pitches and can carry 1,600 crew members and 36 fighter jets. At 920ft long, the HMS Queen Elizabeth is longer than the Houses of Parliament. Its length is also greater than the height of the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth. The huge warship’s construction, which began in 2004, is the most expensive in navy history costing £6billion together with sister ship HMS Prince of Wales. It is the largest and most expensive ship that has ever been built for the Royal Navy, with a crew of 700 sailors and 200 industry contractors on board. In August 2017, the colossal vessel was pictured during her sea trials off the coast of … [Read more...] about Who built HMS Queen Elizabeth, where is the aircraft carrier now and how much did she cost?
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News / UK and world by Press Association December 12, 2018, 10:20 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Melania Trump has made history by flying in a V-22 Osprey aircraft during a visit to a pair of military bases. The White House said it was the first time a first lady has flown in an Osprey. The tilt-rotor aircraft takes off and lands vertically. Mrs Trump flew from Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington to Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia, for an appearance. First ladies usually do not take solo helicopter rides. When they do travel by helicopter, they often are accompanying the president aboard Marine One, a more traditional aircraft. In Virginia, Mrs Trump inspected the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jet and addressed an audience of service members, noting that many had just returned from deployment. Some had been responding to natural disasters such as Hurricane Michael, which devastated Florida Panhandle … [Read more...] about Melania Trump arrives in style at military base in Osprey aircraft