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Navy serviceman hails "emotional" time on HMS Queen Elizabeth

Lieutenant Commander Spike Hughes Photo: ITV Meridian

The HMS Queen Elizabeth is back at home in Portsmouth after sailing 21,000 miles.

At least 400 landings and take-offs of F-35 jet planes took place on the ship's hangar during her two months of trials in the United States.

Fighter jet on HMS Queen Elizabeth flight deck Credit: ITV

Some of her crew, including Air Commander James Blackmore, had the best seats in the house to watch test flights of the jets in action.

The Commander, who observed F-35s landing on the ship for the first time in September, said the experience was "fantastic".

His colleague, Lieutenant Commander Spike Hughes, who witnessed the landings up close from her flight deck, described the sight as "emotional".

Watch the full story here from our reporter Richard Jones.