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.
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.
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.
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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Captain Simon Petitt explains the pride he feels in HMS Queen Elizabeth.
The biggest ship ever built for the Royal Navy will be officially named by The Queen today. The three billion pound aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is being put together in Scotland but large parts of her were built at the BAE Shipyard in Portsmouth.
She'll arrive in the Hampshire city, her home port, in two years.
Royal Navy helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious has just paid a routine visit to Lisbon after completing Exercise Deep Blue.
Exercise Deep Blue was an Anti-Submarine Warfare exercise involving surface, submarine and air participants from the UK, France and the Netherlands.
For an intensive two week period, a multitude of exercise scenarios tested, and proved, the capabilities of all units working together as a multi-national task group.
Crews were able to enjoy the fantastic sights and sounds of Lisbon after their busy work schedule!
HMS Illustrious has been awarded a commendation for their efforts supporting the humanitarian and disaster relief operation following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
A team of 21 officers and ratings from the ship's supply department were recognised by Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Philip Jones in Portsmouth Naval Base.
HMS Illustrious was part of a deployment to the Middle East – when she was diverted to assist in the Philippines in November last year.
The citation reads: “ There is no doubt that the supply chain department made an exceptional and outstanding contribution. Largely unseen, the team displayed the highest levels of professionalism and were absolutely pivotal to HMS Illustrious’ ability to relieve suffering in the Philippines."
The Government's cuts to the Royal Navy's fleet have gone too far and are a 'national disgrace', a former head of the service has warned. Lord West of Spithead, a former first sea lord, said the coalition had not just cut to the bone but 'into the bone'.
The Labour peer insisted the UK had been left with too few ships to escort naval convoys and warned the possibility of Scottish independence poses the greatest security and defence threat to the UK.
Lord West said: 'A great maritime nation like us, where we still run global shipping from London and we're totally reliant on that, those sinews that keep the global village together, to have 19 escorts I think is a national disgrace actually. We really do need to think very, very hard about that.'