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13 March 2018

Cunard Line and Royal Navy’s ships meet for the first time

Cunard Line’s luxury cruise ship the Queen Elizabeth has sailed alongside aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time.

The ships passed one another on July 6 in the Moray Firth, off the coast of Scotland, during Queen Elizabeth’s 13-night tour of the British Isles.

The ships share the same name and were both christened by the Queen.

Cunard’s Captain of Queen Elizabeth, Inger Klein Thorhauge, said: “It is a huge honour for myself and the crew of Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth to meet HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time.

“To share the sea with the Royal Navy’s lead ship of the Queen Elizabeth-class of aircraft carrier and the largest warship ever built for the UK is a pleasure and I would like to take this opportunity to wish Commander Kyd and his crew well with their sea trials.”

The HMS Queen Elizabeth was launched in 2014 and began sea trials in June 2017. It is the largest warship ever built by the Royal Navy at 70,600 tons.

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