Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has visited HMS Elizabeth, the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier. The aircraft carrier, which is one of two with the HMS Prince of Wales launching in 2020, cost £6.2 billion for the two. The aircraft carrier is 280 metres long and is crewed by just under 700 people.
In a speech made by Theresa May, she said:
“Britain can be proud of this ship, and what it represents. It sends a clear signal that as Britain forges a new, positive, confident role for ourselves on the world stage in the years ahead, we are determined to remain a fully engaged global power, working closely with our friends and allies around the world. As a leading member of NATO, the foremost military power in Europe and a permanent member of the UN Security Council, Britain has an enduring responsibility to help sustain the international rules-based order, and to defend the liberal values which underpin it.
To ensure we can do so effectively, we will increase defence spending every year and continue to meet NATO’s target to spend 2% of GDP on defence. Our carrier programme is an example of what that spending can deliver. As highly versatile and potent assets, they will be able to meet the widest range of challenges around the world. Whether the task be high intensity war fighting, targeted action to fight terrorism or humanitarian relief to save lives overseas, these ships will transform the UK’s ability to project power around the world”.
Michael Fallon, the Secretary of State for Defence, said:
“Today we welcome our mighty new warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, to her home for the very first time. When she enters service she will help keep Britain safe at a time of increased threats, able to fill multiple roles from providing air power anywhere at any time to fight future campaigns, supporting allies or delivering humanitarian aid”.