Britain's most powerful warship has been training for eight weeks – despite two of its 700-strong crew not testing positive for coronavirus.
HMS Queen Elizabeth was expected to bring to the water at the beginning of & # 39; a week from & # 39; e Portsmouth Naval Base, but the departure was delayed to test the company of the ship.
Two people were found to be carrying the virus and were removed just hours before the ship left the port, after several days of mixing with others on board, though naval bosses insisted they all met social distance where it was practicable.
It comes as concerns were raised when more than 600 members of a French aircraft carrier's crew and associated ships tested positive for Covid-19, while a sailor died after arriving with the breach on & # 39; # 39; a USS Theodore Roosevelt.
Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth leaves port of Portsmouth, pictured, after being delayed due to crew being tested for coronavirus
Shipowners waving the 65,000-ton ship, pictured, to take it to the water in the next two months
The pictured aircraft carrier from Portsmouth, pictured, will undergo training and assessment with Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) personnel for several weeks, as opposed to simulated casualties, fires and floods, as well as war operations training and mission repetition
People took selfies, pictured, when the Royal Navy aircraft carrier left the port on Wednesday to make sure it was able to declare strike force later this year
Tests were conducted after more than 600 members of a French aircraft carrier's crew and accompanying ships were found to have Covid-19, while a sailor died after coming down with the break on & # 39; a USS Theodore Roosevelt
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told MPs last week that he was "captaining" all the ships of & # 39; ships in & # 39; The Royal Navy had given full authority to return to port, land or evacuate if they had an outbreak on board
HMS Queen Elizabeth by the numbers
Weight: 65,000 tons
Lingte: 920ft (280m)
Design: 36ft (11m)
Speed: 32 knots (59 km / h)
Reach: 19,000 km (19,000 km)
Crew capacity: 1,600
Launched: June 2017
In order: December 2017
Entering service: 2020
It led to shadow defense secretary John Healey calling for the Army to be reviewed and deferred to large-scale training exercises to protect personnel.
A spokesman for the & # 39; Royal Navy said: & # 39; While many Royal Navy and Royal Marine personnel of regular and reserve forces continue to support land, the current national battle against Covid-19, the HMS Queen Elizabeth's shipping company is aimed at ensuring that UK Defense is prepared remains for future global threats.
& # 39; All of the ship's personnel have undergone coronavirus testing.
& # 39; As a further precaution, HMS Queen Elizabeth will conduct a period of isolation at sea before beginning her training with the Flag Officer Sea Training (Fost) personnel.
& # 39; She will operate in waters near the coast of & # 39; e UK and the commander has the discretion to stop training if deemed necessary. & # 39;
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told MPs last week that he was "captaining" all the ships of & # 39; ships in & # 39; gave the Royal Navy full authority to return to port, land or evacuate if they had an outbreak on board.
He said, & # 39; In the case of Queen Elizabeth, I spoke directly to the captain and said that we will not judge you, we will not think the least of you if you are at sea when you feel the need to return come, because of a crew outbreak.
& # 39; I also said to the First Lord, you have to justify in writing why & # 39; it is necessary to put at sea. & # 39;
Queen Elizabeth will sail for a period of sea training and transport training around & # 39; the south coast to help prepare it in & # 39; e position is to declare sales capacity later this year prior to its initial deployment scheduled for early 2021.
The training will include UK Lightning fighter jet crews who will exercise maneuvers on their aircraft.
The enormous £ 3billion ship is capable of carrying a maximum of 40 aircraft and the company will employ approximately 1,600 personnel.
Like the latest weapons and communications systems, HMS Queen Elizabeth has everything from gyms, a chapel and a medical center.
The project was years in the making, with designs beginning as early as 1999, and the ship was built in nine different blocks in six ships in & # 39; t United Kingdom.
The design, construction and development involved every region of the country, and more than 10,000 people, in the work of about 28 million hours of work.
It has not been without its bumps, however, after a burst pipe on board filled more than 200 tonnes of water and commissioned it for the second time in just 19 months.
The Navy spokeswoman said yesterday: & # 39; HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed from Portsmouth today to ensure she is ready to carry out her first operational deployment in 2021.
& # 39; She will undergo training and assessment with Fost's staff for several weeks to ensure the UK can deliver on its promise of & # 39; to have a Carrier Strike Group ready by the end of this year. & # 39;
Inside Britain's most powerful warship: HMS Queen Elizabeth goes at sea with 66,000 bangers on board (and 12,000 canned beans)
- The design of & # 39; the carrier of & # 39; e Queen Elizabeth class began in 1999 and the ships are expected to have a 50-year service life.
- Carriers can travel more than 25 knots per hour, have a range of 10,000 nautical miles, and are designed for deployment that typically lasts nine months.
- Each ship could hold its food for 45 days in its stores and a typical effort would sail with 66,000 sausages, 28,800 bacon meats, 64,800 eggs and 12,000 tonnes of beans.
- The vessels have 67 catering staff and have their own bakery that can produce 1,000 loaves per day.
- Each aircraft is 70 feet wide and 280 feet long, which is enough space for four jumbo jets.
- The ships are 56 feet from throat to masthead, which is six feet higher than Nelson's Column, and each ship has 17 decks and 15 lifts.
- Each ship can handle a crew of 679 which, despite the size of its ships, has fewer crew members than the aircraft carriers of & # 39; an Invincible class that doesn't replace them.
- Each ship could have space for 1,600 personnel, which would include a full air force, but also provide space for onboard personnel such as Royal Marines.
- Queen Elizabeth's HMS home base, Sheer Jetty at Portsmouth Naval Base, has been in use since the 1600s and sits opposite HMS Victory, the world's oldest commissioned warship.
- The ships will fly the F35-B fighter jets – which can fly with 1.6 mach – as well as any type of helicopter used by the UK armies.
- Each ship will be able to fly 72 fast jet sorties per day, which can be increased for limited periods.
- It takes 60 seconds to raise four aircraft from the hangar to the aircraft on each of the & # 39; The two lifts and the skylights that are used for launch are 6m high.
- Each ship will sail with an escort vessel, such as a Destroyer Type 45, which does not take the lead in threats.
- Each ship generates 80MW of power in its propellers, which equals 50 high-speed trains.
- The mist horn is 162 decibels and can be heard more than two miles away.
- The ships have their own police station and cells, as well as their own dentist, pharmacy, surgery and operating theater, fitness suites and cinemas.
- Each ship can convert seawater into more than 500 tonnes of drinking water each day, both for crew and for humanitarian relief.
- Each ship consists of 17 million parts and there are more than 250,000 km of electric cable and 8,000 km of fiberglass cable in each of its ships.
- There are also 364,000 meters of pipes within each of the vessels, which could stretch from Rosyth to Wales.
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