Arrival of Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier

We are gauging interest in the possibility of a Shieldhall trip to witness the arrival of the new aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth. Final dates and timings are yet to be confirmed, but this is likely to be around the 17th - 22nd August. The trip would need to start early - approx. 7.30am out of Southampton - and would be between 5-7 hrs in duration (dependent on confirmed timings). Cost in region of £40 - £49 with a 10% discount for Shieldhall members and parties of 10 or more. NB - There is a possibility that Shieldhall may be chartered, in which case we will talk to the charterer about taking on additional Shieldhall supporters.

As BBC news has reported:

The exact date is weather-dependent but is expected to be no later than 22 August.

The 65,000-tonne ship has been undergoing sea trials since setting sail from Rosyth dockyard in June.

Sir Michael Fallon said the 280m (900ft) long carrier would have a window for entering Portsmouth which would open on 17 August.

"In just two weeks' time, the most powerful warship ever built for Britain's famous Royal Navy is set to sail into her proud new home in Portsmouth," he said.

“HMS Queen Elizabeth will be the Royal Navy's flagship for the next 50 years, keeping us safe by deploying across the seven seas, using her strike power to deter our enemies.”

If you are interested in finding out more information as it becomes available (we will need x 3 days confirmation ourselves to fire up our boilers!) please click the link below to fill in an interest form and we will be in touch.


Posted by Lewis Folland, Fri 11 Aug 2017