British F-35Bs landing on HMS Queen Elizabeth in UK waters 280120 CREDIT HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH TWITTER
Navy

HMS Queen Elizabeth: 'Key Milestone' As British F-35Bs Fly From Home Waters

Six pilots, from the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force, will use the flight trials to achieve their aircraft carrier qualification.

British F-35Bs landing on HMS Queen Elizabeth in UK waters 280120 CREDIT HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH TWITTER

British fighter jets have operated from a Royal Navy aircraft carrier in home waters for the first time in a decade.

F-35Bs took off from RAF Marham in Norfolk for HMS Queen Elizabeth on Tuesday morning - marking another step in the £3.1 billion ship's journey to becoming operational.

The ship's official Twitter account described it as "another key milestone", while the ship's newly-appointed Commanding Officer, Captain Angus Essenhigh, said: "It's a moment that the UK should be immensely proud of."

Six pilots from the Lightning Force's training squadron, 207, will use the flight trials to achieve their aircraft carrier qualification.

Pilots will practise landing and flying from HMS Queen Elizabeth's flight deck, during daytime and nighttime, from their base at Marham.  

The flight trials will also allow for further training of the ship's crew, according to the Royal Navy.

Last year, HMS Queen Elizabeth spent a few months off the east coast of the United States, undergoing flight trials with F-35Bs.

F-35B takes off at RAF Marham for trials with HMS Queen Elizabeth in UK waters 280120 CREDIT RAF MARHAM TWITTER
An F-35B takes off from RAF Marham on Tuesday morning (Picture: HMS Queen Elizabeth/Twitter).

HMS Queen Elizabeth and the Lightning Force will continue training together throughout the year, as the aircraft carrier prepares to become operational in 2021.

Meanwhile, her sister ship HMS Prince of Wales only recently commissioned into the Royal Navy. 

The two aircraft carriers are expected to be in service for the next 50 years and could be deployed in a range of roles, from providing humanitarian aid or disaster relief to high-intensity warfare.

Cover Image: A British F-35B lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth in UK waters for the first time (Picture: HMS Queen Elizabeth/Twitter).