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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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Young pigeon hitches lift on Navy ship

A Royal Navy ship was joined by an unexpected visitor on board last week - a young pigeon.

Steve, as he was named by crew members, was found in a hangar at the top of HMS Ocean.

There were no parents to be seen so the crew took on the pigeon’s care -including feeding him by hand - until the ship docked a few days later in Southampton.

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HMS Ocean found an unexpected stowaway of Steve the pigeon Credit: RSPCA

When the ship returned to Southampton on the 19th July, one of the crew handed Steve the pigeon over to the RSPCA and the bird is now being after in Fareham.

He will continue his rehabilitation at the charity’s dedicated West Hatch wildlife centre in Taunton, from where he will be released back to the wild once he is ready.

This was certainly one of the most unusual places we’ve collected a bird from.

“The crew, especially Sam, the crew member who looked after Steve, and the captain, went above and beyond to care for this young bird who wouldn’t have survived without their help. We can’t thank them enough for their efforts.

“The future looks good for Steve - he just needs to build his strength to get ready for the wild and he can do that in our specialist aviaries now that he’s eating for himself.”

– Inspector Ward

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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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