FIRTH Of Clyde Welcomes Massive Aircraft Carrier

14 March, 2022 | Clyde Shipping

ROYAL Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is back on the Firth of Clyde for the second time since her launch in July 2014.

The giant, 65,000-tonne carrier was last seen on the Clyde in March last year when she sailed to Loch Long to be loaded with ammunition.

She returned to the the loch today (Monday), berthing at Glen Mallan ammunition jetty which had a £67million upgrade to accommodate the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Carriers last year.

Ship’s captain Ian Feasey said: “It is fantastic for the Fleet Flagship to be back in this spectacular region to make use of this upgraded facility supporting our role as the United Kingdom’s strike carrier.

“The ship’s drumbeat of visits here over the coming years will punctuate the strong affiliation that we have with Scotland.”

HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest and most powerful vessel ever constructed for the Royal Navy.

The ship is visiting Glen Mallan as part of a routine logistics visit, after returning to sea as the UK’s Very High Readiness Strike Carrier.

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