Queen Elizabeth has commissioned a new aircraft carrier bearing her name — the UK's biggest and most advanced warship

UK England navy royals Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrierBritain’s Queen Elizabeth looks at a cake at the Commissioning Ceremony of the Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, in Portsmouth, December 7, 2017.REUTERS/Chris Jackson/Pool

Queen Elizabeth II has attended the commissioning ceremony of Britain’s new aircraft carrier, which is named after the monarch.

The 91-year-old queen boarded the Royal Navy’s newest, largest and most expensive vessel Thursday in Portsmouth naval base.

The white ensign was raised to mark the moment HMS Queen Elizabeth was officially added to the Royal Navy’s fleet. The queen says the ship “embodies the best of British technology and innovation.”

The carrier also attracted attention amid ongoing tensions between Moscow and NATO member countries. Over the summer, the UK defense minister and his Russian counterpart exchanged barbs about their respective carriers, and during the Queen Elizabeth’s sea trials in June, a Russian submarine was spotted shadowing the drills.

The carrier also attracted attention amid ongoing tensions between Moscow and NATO member countries. Over the summer, the UK defense minister and his Russian counterpart exchanged barbs about their respective carriers, and during the Queen Elizabeth's sea trials in June, a Russian submarine was spotted shadowing the drills.

An officer stands on the deck as the White Ensign flies from the stern of the ship during the Commissioning Ceremony of the Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, in Portsmouth, December 7, 2017.REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool

Then-UK Defense Minister Michael Fallon called Russia’s sole aircraft carrier “dilapidated” and said Moscow likely looked at two carriers Britain was building with “a little bit of envy.” In response, the Russian Defense Ministry touted their carrier’s defenses and called the Queen Elizabeth “nothing but a big, convenient target in the sea.”

Source: Business Insider

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