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HMS Queen Elizabeth set for Gibraltar visit

HMS Queen Elizabeth following her naming ceremony conducted at Rosyth Dockyard. Her Majesty The Queen officially named the UK's newest aircraft carrier at Rosyth, near Edinburgh, in a spectacular ceremony celebrating British Naval capability. The Prime Minister, Secretary State of Defence and the First Sea Lord joined the celebrations, along with allies from around the globe and more than 3, 500 people involved in the design and construction of the largest warship ever built in the UK.

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, could call in Gibraltar in the coming weeks, her first overseas port visit.

The vessel is on sea trials and there is no confirmation of the visit, which could change for operational reasons.

The news was revealed on Twitter by Alistair Bunkall, the defence correspondent at Sky News.

“As part of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s next phase of sea trials, there is an option for the ship to visit Gibraltar next month,” a Royal Navy spokesman told him, adding the visit would be a routine logistical stop.

Mr Bunkall said the visit was “great news for Gib”.

“Will be interesting to see what the Spanish reaction is,” he added.