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Staten Island Ferry commuters get up-close view of largest Royal Navy ship

The Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) underway during exercise "Saxon Warrior 2017," 8 August 2017. (US Navy)

Staten Island Ferry commuters have an additional sight-seeing opportunity for the next week as the HMS Queen Elizabeth — the largest Royal Navy ship — made its way to New York City on Friday.

The Elizabeth — Britain’s newest aircraft carrier — will spend seven days in New York’s Upper Bay. It anchored within sight of the Statue of Liberty and the Lower Manhattan skyline on Friday as part of three weeks of intensive trials with the new F-35 Lightning jet, according to Royal Navy News.

“I am delighted and proud to have brought HMS Queen Elizabeth into New York Harbour for the first time,” said Commanding Officer Captain Jerry Kyd in a statement.

“This visit is very symbolic of the intimate relationship the Royal Navy has with the US Navy and Marine Corps and comes at the mid-way point in the F-35 flight trials – we have over 170 embarked US staff at the moment on board in support,” he added.

The ship’s 1,500 crew members will get to sightsee in the Big Apple.


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