History was made on Monday 26 June 2017 as HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first QE Class aircraft carrier, set sail from Rosyth to commence first-stage sea trials off the north-east of Scotland. QE is by far the most powerful ship ever built in Britain, is the largest aircraft carrier in the world outside the United States and with a capability to operate fifth generation aircraft, this floating fortress will be able to tackle multiple and changing threats across the globe.
The Nation’s future flagship will spend an initial period of around six weeks at sea to test the fundamentals of the ship. The sea trials will monitor speed, manoeuvrability, power and propulsion as well as undertaking weapons trials and additional tests on her levels of readiness.
HMS Queen Elizabeth represents the best of the UK’s industrial and engineering expertise and is an enduring example of British imagination, ingenuity and invention that will help keep the nation safe for decades to come. She is built by the best, crewed by the best and will deliver for Britain.
The carrier is scheduled to be operational in 2020 and after entering service and for the next fifty years thereafter, she will deploy around the world, demonstrating British power and commitment to confronting the emerging challenges from a dangerous world.
We think the whole country can be proud of this national achievement, just as we at Solar Solve are proud of the fact that the windows in the Flying Control Room and on the Navigation Bridge all have state-of-the-art, SOLASOLV products, specially produced for the vessel, installed by a highly competent, very special customer of ours.
We congratulate everyone associated with this prodigious project and wish them continued good luck and success.