Cllr Stephen Morgan, Portsmouth South’s new MP, has welcomed news that the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier has left its home port for the first time.
HMS Queen Elizabeth – one of two new carriers being built at Rosyth dockyard in Fife at a cost of more than £6bn – is to begin sea trials.
“HMS Queen Elizabeth – Britain’s new aircraft carrier – is a visible reminder of what we can achieve when we work together across the United Kingdom”.
The project has provided work to over 10,000 people across the country and showcases the skills and talents of the men and women in our yards including here in Portsmouth.
“HMS Queen Elizabeth and her forthcoming arrival in our great city is an important milestone in the defence of our nation. The wait will be worth it, with the carrier likely to serve our country for 50 years and will be a globally-deployable platform for generations of future aircraft.
Portsmouth’s economy is so dependent on the defence of our nation. I hope the new carrier will secure future investment and infrastructure for our city.
I very much look forward to welcoming HMS Queen Elizabeth to Portsmouth, the home of the Royal Navy, as our city always should be”.