The Two Queens Have a Royal Reunion: Britain’s Largest Warship HMS Queen Elizabeth Sails Into New York Harbor and Drops Anchor Near the Queen Mary 2

Cunard’s flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2 greets the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in the New York harbour

Britain’s biggest ever warship, the incredible HMS Queen Elizabeth has enjoyed a royal voyage to New York harbour as it dropped its anchor near the Queen Mary 2, in preparation of a mammoth journey.

HMS Queen Elizabeth was greeted by Lady Liberty as she pulled into the harbour to mark the start of a week long journey.

The two huge ships cruised past each other during the massive aircraft carriers first ever visit to the US.

Cunard’s flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2 greets the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in the New York harbour
HMS Queen Elizabeth – the largest Royal Navy ship – Aircraft Carrier will be leaving New York City after a week long stay in New York harbour
The skies of New York were clear on the day of the arrival of the ship, which was greeted by many at the harbour

The skies were clear for the arrival of the ships and the weather seemed picture perfect for a moment which is sure to go down in history.

The arrival of the 70,000-ton warship in the Big Apple comes after two test versions of the multimillion-dollar stealth fighter F-35B Lightning jets landed on the flight deck and took off from the ship’s ski-jump ramp for the first time on September 25.

Officially accepted into the Royal Navy fleet in December, the ship left her home of Portsmouth Naval Base in August and sailed across the Atlantic to begin her maiden four-month deployment, dubbed Westlant 18.

The ship is set to leave New York City after a week long stay, having been watched over by Lady Liberty
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The New York skyline can be seen in the distance as the two ships cruise past each other in New York’s harbour

Beginning in 2021, US Marine Corp will also operate their warplanes from HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Besides the F-35 flight trials, the Royal Navy said the deployment will also test the warship’s ability to operate with other nations’ ships and aircraft, and a US Navy Osprey helicopter has already landed on deck.

Beginning in 2021, US Marine Corp will also operate their warplanes from HMS Queen Elizabeth.

It was the ships first ever visit to the United States and it seems the air carrier had been well received

The F-35B Lightning II jet which will be carried on the ship measures 51.2ft (15.6m) in overall length, has a wingspan of 35ft (10.7m) and a height of 14.3ft (4.36m).

It has a top speed of 1.6 Mach or 1,200 mph, a Max G rating of 7G, and a combat radius of 518 miles (833km). Lockheed Martin, the American company building the jet, describes its stealth capabilities as ‘unprecedented’. Its airframe design, advanced materials and other features make it ‘virtually undetectable to enemy radar’.

Britain has committed to a £9.1 billion programme to buy 48 of the jets by 2025 – with a pledge to purchase 138 – they will be jointly operated by Royal Air Force and Royal Navy pilots.

The warplanes being carried on the ship will carry out missions from the two Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers – HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales
Some of the UK companies with contracts to produce parts of jets includes Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, Ultra Electronics, Selex, Cobham and GE Aviation

SOURCE: DailyMail, by TERRI-ANN WILLIAMS