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HMS Queen Elizabeth carrier is floated for first time

By Lucinda Cameron

The largest warship ever built in the UK has been successfully floated out of the dock in which she was assembled.

The 65,000-tonne Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth was formally named by the Queen earlier this month in a ceremony at the Rosyth Dockyard in Fife, where she was assembled and fitted out.

In an operation that started earlier this week, the dry dock was flooded for the first time to allow the vessel to float.

It was then manoeuvred out of the dock in a three-hour operation yesterday morning, and berthed at a nearby jetty.

Teams will now continue to fit out the ship and prepare the vessel for sea trials in 2016. The ship and a second vessel, the under-construction HMS Prince of Wales, are the largest warships ever built for the Royal Navy.

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