Largest ever Royal Navy warship sets sail from Rosyth
The 65,000-tonne HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed out of Rosyth Dockyard on Monday.
The largest Royal Navy warship ever built has left her home port for the first time.
The 65,000-tonne HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed out of Rosyth Dockyard in Fife on Monday night.
The colossal aircraft carrier is 920ft long, with a flight deck just under 230ft wide.
She cleared the barriers at Rosyth with a gap of just under 14 inches on either side, pulled by 11 tugs.
The vessel was then guided under the Firth of Forth's three bridges at a speed of around seven knots.
The £3.1 bilion ship will undergo trials off Scotland before heading to her new home in Portsmouth.
The launch is the latest milestone in the nearly decade-long construction of HMS Queen Elizabeth and her sister ship HMS Prince of Wales, at a total cost of more than £6bn.
The carrier, which took 51 million hours to design and build, will become the Royal Navy's flagship vessel, crewed by around 700 people.
Pictures taken on Monday night showed workers sweeping the decks as colleagues painted other sections, putting the final touches to the Queen Elizabeth.