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Queen Elizabeth II

Launches britain’s biggest warship

4 Jul, 2014

The Queen smashes a bottle of whisky on the hull of a 65,000-tonne Royal Navy aircraft carrier, officially naming the warship as HMS Queen Elizabeth. The ceremony takes place at Fife’s Rosyth Dockyard. The vessel is the first of two aircraft carriers being built involving more than 10,000 people at more than 100 companies in its design and construction. The estimated cost of HMS Queen Elizabeth and its sister ship is £6.2 billion, way over the initial projected cost of £3.65bn. It is as long as 25 buses and can carry 40 jets and helicopters at a time. By the time it will enter service in 2020, it will have a permanent crew of about 1,600.