HMS Queen Elizabeth in numbers

The Queen will formally name the Royal Navy's biggest ever ship today, with whisky replacing the more traditional champagne at the ceremony.

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An engineer who spent hours in oily waters, to prevent a tug boat from sinking has received a Royal Commendation for bravery.

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Police appeal after two women are stabbed

Police have made a fresh appeal after two women were stabbed in Portsmouth.

The first assault took place at around 10.40pm on Friday, June 20, 2014 when a man approached a 20-year-old woman in Southampton Road near a bus stop opposite a block of flats on Ashurst Road.

She received a stab wound to the chest, which was serious but not life-threatening.

The second assault happened at around 11.20am on Sunday, June 29, 2014 in Hilsea.

A 45-year-old local woman was walking her dog on a wooded footpath in the Foxes Forest area along the shoreline of Ports Creek.

She was approached by a man who stabbed her in the chest.

The offender ran off towards Hilsea Lines. The woman's injury was not life threatening.

Witness descriptions issued in stabbing investigation

The witnesses seen in the area on Sunday morning are described as:

  • Two white men walking together with a small dog
  • A white woman, aged in her mid-20s with blonde/brown hair tied up, walking with a pushchair and a young girl on foot with light brown/blonde hair
  • A white man with long wavy light brown hair down to his shoulders riding a mountain bike
  • A white man and white woman, aged in their 60s or above, walking together with a black and tan German Shepherd dog
  • A group of people sitting in a field, possibly having a picnic. The group included a white female and a white dog

All these people were seen in the area on Sunday morning (June 29). Therefore, we believe they could be important witnesses to circumstances immediately before and after the assault. They are not suspects.

– Acting Detective Inspector Liam Davies, Hampshire Police

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Renewed witness appeal after two women stabbed

Police are making a new appeal for witnesses after two stabbings in Portsmouth. A 45-year-old woman was attacked while walking her dog in the Hilsea area, last Sunday.

A 20-year-old was assaulted on Southampton Road in Cosham the week before - both women were stabbed in the chest. Detectives think the unprovoked attacks are linked.

We’d like to thank members of the public who’ve responded to our appeals and helped us with enquiries so far. Detectives continue to pursue several lines of enquiries including appeals for potential extra witnesses, some of whom were seen in the Foxes Forest area on the morning of Sunday, June 29, 2014. It’s important to say that these people are purely possible witnesses to events on the footpath that morning (June 29). They are not suspects.

– Acting Detective Inspector Liam Davies, Hampshire Major Investigation Team

The Queen names the biggest ever Royal Navy carrier

The Royal Navy's new £3b aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has been officially named. Crowds cheered as The Queen used a bottle of single malt whisky to christen in Scotland, the biggest ship ever built for the fleet.

But the atmosphere was much more muted in Portsmouth where workers who've helped to build her watched the ceremony on big screens. Many of them will lose their jobs by the end of the year when the BAE shipyard closes. Richard Jones reports.

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Queen joined by Prime Minister at Royal Navy ceremony

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were accompanied by Prime Minister David Cameron and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond at the naming ceremony of Britain's largest ever ship.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were accompanied by PM David Cameron and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond. Credit: ITV News/Pool

Hundreds of workers, who helped build the HMS Queen Elizabeth, have joined military Chiefs and dignitaries at Roswyth Dockyard in Scotland to witness the Queen's christening of the warship.

The ceremony marks the completion of the Royal Navy's largest ever ship. Credit: ITV News/Pool
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Queen arrives to formally name HMS Queen Elizabeth

The Queen has arrived at Rosyth Dockyard in Scotland to formally name the largest ship ever built for the Royal Navy.

The ceremony marks the completion of the 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier after five years of construction work which took place at six different shipyards across the UK.

The Queen has arrived at Rosyth Dockyard in Scotland to formally name the largest ship ever built for the Royal Navy.

To honour the warship's birthplace in Scotland Her Majesty will smash a bottle of Islay whisky, from the first distillery she visited, against the bow.

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BAE workers in Portsmouth watch naming ceremony

Staff from BAE Portsmouth watch the naming ceremony of HMS Queen Elizabeth Credit: ITV Meridian

Staff from BAE in Portsmouth who helped to make parts of HMS Queen Elizabeth have been watching the naming ceremony on a big screen in the city.

The £3 billion aircraft carrier is the biggest ever Royal Navy carrier to be built.

It was put together in Scotland but large parts of it were built at BAE Shipyard in Portsmouth.

She'll arrive in the Hampshire city, which will be her home port, in two years time.

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Ceremony begins for naming of UK's largest warship

The ceremony is underway as the Queen is set to formally name the Royal Navy's largest ship at Rosyth Dockyard in Scotland.

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