A Merlin helicopter has become the first aircraft to land on the Royal Navy’s newest and biggest warship. HMS Elizabeth will be based in Portsmouth when her sea trials in the North Sea are complete. The carrier’s flight deck measures four acres – the size of three football pitches.
The aircraft carrier left the ship yard where she was built – in Rosyth, Scotland, a few days ago.
The team who guided the helicopter in were trained at locations across the globe in order to be ready to take in the new ship’s first flight. Commander Mark Deller is in charge of HMS Elizabeth’s flying operations.