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    HMS Queen Elizabeth christened

    The largest warship ever built in the UK has been officially named at a ceremony attended by the Queen, Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister Alex Salmond.
    The 65,000-tonne Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth was formally christened during an event at the Rosyth Dockyard in Fife, where the ship was assembled and fitted out.
    The Queen said: "In sponsoring this new aircraft carrier I believe that Queen Elizabeth, as flagship for the Royal Navy, will be a source of inspiration and pride for us all.
    "The Lord High Admiral, the Duke of Edinburgh, joins me in congratulating all those involved in the Aircraft Carrier Alliance on this magnificent achievement, and wishing her first ship's company well in the time ahead.
    "Wherever this ship may serve, whatever tasks may be asked of her, let all those who serve on her know that on this day she was blessed with the prayers of us all for her success and for her safe return to calm waters.
    "I name this ship Queen Elizabeth, may god bless her and all who sail in her."
    The Queen then pressed a button to release the whisky, which successfully smashed on the ship's hull.


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    Whenever i think of the 2.3 billion the ruskies bilked us out of, i can always cheer up myself by saying ya know it cost the UK 10 bil USD+ for the QE and they don't even have planes yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bolo121 View Post
    Whenever i think of the 2.3 billion the ruskies bilked us out of, i can always cheer up myself by saying ya know it cost the UK 10 bil USD+ for the QE and they don't even have planes yet.
    Rubbish of course we have , 5 sopwith camels , 4 gloster gladiators , 6 typhoons somewhere , no sea harriers , a lancaster hurricane and spitfire , apart from that , its a lovely big ship Attachment 37306.
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    Seems like it might have been a waste of whiskey, though.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigross86 View Post
    Seems like it might have been a waste of whiskey, though.....
    I wondered about that , why the break in tradition from champers , unless of course its a snub to the frogs , and the tub was christened in Scotland , so maybe trying to convince and appease salmond not to leave the UK .
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    Perhaps, the Royal Navy can get the USMC to embark some AV-8B's, prior to getting a squadron of Royal Navy F-35B's worked up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tankie View Post
    Rubbish of course we have , 5 sopwith camels , 4 gloster gladiators , 6 typhoons somewhere , no sea harriers , a lancaster hurricane and spitfire , apart from that , its a lovely big ship Attachment 37306.
    Come on now you must have a Swordfish or two left over from your go at the Bismark?

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    Is this officially the world's largest helicopter carrier?


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    Never mind all that! The Brits have a machine that destroys whisky !!? This throws the world right out of balance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonBelt View Post
    Never mind all that! The Brits have a machine that destroys whisky !!? This throws the world right out of balance!
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    A lovely ship I 'm sure with the Union Jack and all that hip hip ....

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfella View Post
    Is this officially the world's largest helicopter carrier?
    It will be interesting to watch this $10B [ is that pounds sterling or dollars ] investment and the role she'll play on the world stage in the years ahead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbm3fan View Post
    Come on now you must have a Swordfish or two left over from your go at the Bismark?
    All that timber (sorry canvas) should give off a tiny radar silhouette. A little bit of marketing and Britain has a new 'stealth' maritime strike platform to match the F-35. And it doesn't catch fire or get grounded as often!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monash View Post
    All that timber should give off a tiny radar silhouette. A little bit of marketing and Britain has a new 'stealth' maritime strike platform to match the F-35. And it doesn't catch fire or get grounded as often!
    As a plus it has better maneuverability. I guess.
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    You lot are just pissed because HMQ has a new yacht aintchyaz , how dya like them apples huh

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    Hey the USMC has a new toy!!!!!

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