The Royal Navy flagship dropped anchor in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline during a high profile visit to New York.
Four years after its debut in the Big Apple, the aircraft carrier HMS queen elizabeth returned to the “city that never sleeps” to focus on British-American military, political and strategic relations.
The 65,000 ton warship is the floating venue for the Atlantic Future Forum – a conference that brings together the brightest minds and most influential thinkers in defense and beyond to strengthen British and American ties.
She anchored within sight of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, HMS of Queen Elizabeth unique profile adding to an already spectacular skyline.
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The carrier was welcomed in New York by the UK’s Ambassador to the US, Dame Karen Pierce.
“HSM queen elizabeth is not only the flagship of the UK, but it is a fantastic demonstration of the soft power and close working relationship between the UK and the US, as well as the transatlantic relationship,” said she declared.
Over the next few days, Captain Ian Feasey, HMS of Queen Elizabeth Commander, will host hundreds of guests on the ship, which has been transformed into a unique, world-class conference venue for the forum.
“It is an incredible privilege to bring HMS queen elizabeth back in New York and be officially welcomed to the United States by Her Majesty’s Ambassador,” he said. “We very much look forward to hosting the fifth Atlantic Future Forum and welcoming on board senior leaders who embody our deep and special relationship with the United States.”
In addition to hosting the two-day forum, the carrier’s ship company will have the opportunity to disembark and tour New York City, including paying official respects at the 9/11 Memorial.
The carrier debuted in New York in 2018 – again to host the forum – ahead of fast jet trials with F-35 Lightnings.
Now fully operational – the ship led an international carrier group to the Pacific last year – HMS queen elizabeth will return to the other side of the Atlantic and spend the rest of the fall leading operations and exercises in European waters at the end of the visit. She is joined in New York by her escort frigate, HMS richmondwho traveled up the Hudson River to Manhattan.
This article appears courtesy of Royal Navy News.
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