QE-class aircraft carriers

'It's good to be back': HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in US

The flagship arrived in the US in place of her sister ship HMS Prince of Wales while she undergoes repairs.

Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has arrived in the United States.

As HMS Prince of Wales undergoes repairs, Britain’s flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth is undertaking part of her sister ship’s deployment.

The aircraft carrier's first port of call in the US is the largest naval station in the world, Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia.

HMS Queen Elizabeth's official Twitter account thanked the US Fleet Forces Command for the warm welcome, saying “it’s good to be back!”.

Later, HMS Queen Elizabeth is set to head to New York for the Atlantic Future Forum - a conference designed to strengthen UK-US bonds. 

After, HMS Elizabeth will be on operations across Europe this autumn, heading a task force made up of thousands of sailors, up to 10 ships, F-335B Lighting jets, helicopter squadrons and Royal Marines.

The aircraft carrier will primarily be focused on operations in the Baltic alongside nations that form the UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force - a task force of allied nations designed to react to crises.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is also set to head to the Balkans and the Black Sea region in the coming months.

The operations are part of NATO's response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

HMS Richmond, a submarine hunting frigate, accompanied the flagship across the Atlantic.