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Britain's new warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, heads for Portsmouth

Britain's newest and biggest aircraft carrier continues testing at sea

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Britain's new warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, heads for Portsmouth

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Britain’s most advanced and biggest warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is continuing its sea trials off England’s Isle of Wight.

The new 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier, which measures 280 metres and can travel 500 miles a day, set sail in June from Rosyth dockyard in Fife, where it was built.

It took eight years to build HMS Queen Elizabeth and along with its sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales, it’s part of a defence programme worth more than six billion euros.

The ship was scheduled to be fully operational by 2020 but that date may now be as late as 2026, Britain’s National Audit Office said earlier this year, because of technical difficulties.

It arrived at its home port, Portsmouth, on Wednesday (August 16) morning. You can watch the arrival, below.