Britain’s HMS Queen Elizabeth leaves Yokosuka after port call

Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi
Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Britain’s HMS Queen Elizabeth leaves Yokosuka after port call

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

After five days at Yokosuka Naval Base, British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth got underway to join the Pacific Crown joint exercise.

Many gathered along the Yokosuka coast to catch a glimpse, wave and take photos of the sizeable aircraft carrier and her escort ships sailing out of the Tokyo Gulf Coast.

HMS Queen Elizabeth left her homeport of Portsmouth on May 22 and arrived at Yokosuka Naval Base on Sept. 4 after a 106-day cruise through the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean, South China Sea and western Pacific.

The flagship of British Carrier Strike Group-21 is home to 1,600 personnel, a carrier air wing of 24 to 36 F-35B Lightning IIs and 14 helicopters. She is 920 feet long, 128 feet wide, according to the Royal Navy. In addition, its two Rolls-Royce Marine gas turbine alternators and four 10 MW diesel engines enable her to sail up to the speed of 32 knots, the UK Defence Journal reported.


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