HMS Queen Elizabeth in Rosyth

HMS Queen Elizabeth Returns To Scotland For Maintenance

The aircraft carrier has returned to the dry-dock in Rosyth where she was assembled to undergo routine maintenance.

HMS Queen Elizabeth in Rosyth

The carrier arrived in Rosyth on Wednesday morning (Picture: Twitter/@HMSQNLZ).

HMS Queen Elizabeth has returned to Scotland for routine maintenance work.

The aircraft carrier left Portsmouth on Monday and to return to the dry-dock at Rosyth where she was assembled.

It is an opportunity for her to be reunited with sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales, which is currently under construction but nearing completion there.

Rosyth is on the Firth of Forth, near Dunfermline.

HMS Queen Elizabeth returned to the UK in December after a four-month deployment in the United States conducting flight trials with the F-35.

More than 500 takeoffs and landings were conducted over the period and at full capacity, the ship will be able to carry 72 F-35s at once.

A £5 million maintenance contract was won by defence company Babcock and will allow the carrier to undergo a routine hull survey and maintenance of her underwater systems.

According to the Ministry of Defence, the work will sustain 100 jobs at its peak.

HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in New York
HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in New York last during its US deployment (Picture: MOD).

Speaking when the contract was announced, defence minister Stuart Andrew MP said:

"After a phenomenal year of trials off the East Coast of the US, this dry-docking contract is an important step for HMS Queen Elizabeth as she gears up for operations.

"The largest ship in our Royal Navy’s history, which was assembled in Rosyth, will now return for this multi-million-pound routine maintenance work as she gets set to represent Britain across the world for decades to come."

HMS Queen Elizabeth will resume flight trials later this year with British-owned F-35s.

She is expected to enter operational service in 2020, prior to her first deployment in 2021.