SPOTD: HMS Queen Elizabeth next to the 2nd largest British warship

HMS Queen Elizabeth next to the current largest ship in the fleet HMS illustrious.
HMS Queen Elizabeth next to the current largest ship in the fleet HMS illustrious. Royal Navy Photo

This aerial ship photo of the day shows the  HMS Queen Elizabeth next to the 2nd largest British warship the HMS Illustrious.

Related Book: British Aircraft Carriers: Design, Development and Service Histories

At 280 m (920 ft) LOA and displacing 70,600 tonnes the HMS Queen Elizabeth is the lead ship of the Queen Elizabeth-class of aircraft carrier and the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy and capable of carrying up to forty aircraft. She was named by Queen Elizabeth II on 4 July 2014, and is scheduled to commission in 2016, with initial operational capability from 2020. Her first Commanding Officer is to be Commodore Jerry Kyd, the former captain of HMS Ark Royal and HMS Illustrious.

 

P.S. Also read this: The World’s Aircraft Carriers – VISUALIZED