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HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales were pictured moving along the coast of Lyme Bay and Torbay on Tuesday. None of the gray warships showed up on navy tracking websites, but local ship spotters came out in droves with their long lenses.

The Prince of Wales left Portsmouth on Monday evening, while HMS Queen Elizabeth left Mina Sulman in Bahrain.

At one point, the Prince of Wales landed a Merlin-class submarine-hunting helicopter, which then took off towards Plymouth, Devon Live reports.

The Royal Navy aircraft carrier and gunship was built in 2019, with a length overall (LOA) of 282.9 meters and a beam of 69 meters.

Its sister ship, the flight deck of the Queen Elizabeth, is 280m long and 70m wide, enough space for almost three football pitches.

The aircraft carrier, which is the older of the two, is set to become the next flagship of the British fleet.

The ship is the second in the Royal Navy to bear the name Queen Elizabeth. A ship of the same name was planned in the 1960s but was never built.

While the Prince of Wales is the seventh ship to bear this name, the first having been launched in 1765.

Each Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier has a total of 16 decks, comprising nine decks from the hull to the flight deck and another seven in each of the two islands.

The two have a total crew of 679, rising to around 1,600 when a full complement of F-35B jets and Crowsnest helicopters are embarked.

The Queen Elizabeth-class carriers each have two 33-tonne propellers, designed to deliver around 50,000 horsepower each.

The carriers weigh 65,000 tons and have a top speed of 25 knots.

The project to build HMS Queen Elizabeth and sister ship HMS Prince of Wales has cost more than £6billion, according to Forces Net.

The Queen Elizabeth-class ships are the first Royal Navy aircraft carriers to be built since the demolition of HMS Ark Royal in 2010.

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This notice was published: 2022-05-27 11:45:00

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