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20 facts about HMS Queen Elizabeth (the Navy's largest ever ship)

1. HMS Queen Elizabeth is both a warship and an aircraft carrier - and will be based in Portsmouth

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2. The ship is the largest ever built for the Royal Navy. At 900ft long, the carrier is the same size as 3 football pitches

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3. The vessel weighs 65,000 tonnes

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4. The cost? £3 billion.

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5. There are around 700 crew on-board, which will rise to 1,600 when fully operational

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6. The ship has a top speed in excess of 25 knots

7. There are five gyms, a cinema, games room, as well as space to play basketball and tug of war

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8. 10,000 people worked on construction of the ship. Different parts were made at yards around the UK, then transported to Rosyth, Fife, where it was assembled

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9. The aircraft carrier will be used in future battles as well as humanitarian missions

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10. It takes just 60 seconds for fighter jets to be lifted from the hangar to the flight deck

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11. Jets will take off using a steep ramp rather than an American 'catapult' system

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12. The warship has a range of 8,000 to 10,000 nautical miles

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13. HMS Queen Elizabeth will become the Royal Navy's new 'flagship'

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14. On-board facilities include a chapel, a medical centre and 12-bed ward, with three GPs, as well as a dentist

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15. The ship's two propellers weigh 33 tonnes. They produce enough power to run 1,000 family cars or 50 high speed trains

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16. The size of the flight deck? Four acres.

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17. The crew is currently made up of around 80 women and 620 men

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18. There are 5 gyms on the ship

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19. The ship's entire crew of 700 can be served a meal within 90 minutes. That's cut to 45 minutes when at 'action station'.

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20. HMS Queen Elizabeth isn't quite ready for action. Tests are due to take place until at least 2020.

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