Singer Katherine Jenkins with the Royal Marines band on HMS Queen Elizabeth in New York (Picture: Royal Navy).
Singer Katherine Jenkins with the Royal Marines band on HMS Queen Elizabeth in New York (Picture: Royal Navy).
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HMS Queen Elizabeth ends New York stay with defence summit

Singer Katherine Jenkins with the Royal Marines band on HMS Queen Elizabeth in New York (Picture: Royal Navy).
Singer Katherine Jenkins with the Royal Marines band on HMS Queen Elizabeth in New York (Picture: Royal Navy).

HMS Queen Elizabeth has ended her stay in New York by hosting the Atlantic Future Forum.

The two-day event, designed to strengthen UK-US bonds, focused on military, political and strategic relations.

Speakers and dignitaries included First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Ben Key, Chief of the Defence Staff Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, and Chief of the General Staff General Sir Patrick Sanders.

Singer Katherine Jenkins was joined by the Royal Marines Band for a special performance on board the Royal Navy's flagship.

The Royal Navy flagship spent a week in the Big Apple, allowing her crew to see some famous landmarks.

It included a flash mob performance from the Royal Marines Band at Grand Central Station, as well as a moment of reflection for the fallen at the 9/11 memorial.

WATCH: Royal Marines Band flash mob surprises New York rail passengers.

Escort frigate HMS Richmond berthed at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, taking part in the Atlantic Future Forum and her own events and activities.

Officers were invited to watch the New York Mets baseball team and 20 crew were welcomed onto the pitch at MetLife Stadium ahead of the New York Jets' American football match with the Cincinnati Bengals, with the ship's crest on the big screen, visible to 80,000 fans.

Sub Lieutenant Oli Perry said: "I joined the Royal Navy to have adventures, and I've just crossed the Atlantic, getting used to some rough seas, and now I'm in New York City at an NFL match."

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"The people here are very welcoming, this has been an amazing experience with an electric atmosphere."

Warfare Specialist Able Seaman Gosling, paying his first visit to the USA, said: "In one day I saw the 9/11 memorial, Times Square, and the Empire State Building. I'll never forget this."

Engineering Technician Chapman added: "You can't get a better run ashore really. We were picked up from the ship in one of those massive American SUVs and driven to the tourist spots.

"My favourite was Times Square. Walking around in my uniform felt a bit strange but everyone we spoke to was lovely. I even got a free Starbucks!"

HMS Queen Elizabeth set sail for the US from Portsmouth on 7 September in place of her sister ship HMS Prince of Wales which broke down off the Isle of Wight days before the trip.