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 Coast Guard welcomes the HMS Queen Elizabeth to New York City! pic.twitter.com/0KJxEynVqC
— USCG Auxiliary NYC (@USCGAUXDIV5NYC) October 19, 2018
Got the chance to randomly fly over the new UK Aircraft Carrier @HMSQnlz entering the New York Bay! I saw it coming as I was flying south. On my way back, I got the perfect timing to take this picture :) #hmsqueenelizabeth #wingfriday #aircraftcarrier #nyc pic.twitter.com/51LAcQSebb
— Laura Laban (@lauraviatrix) October 19, 2018
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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