Epic photos show the moment Britain’s giant new aircraft carrier met up with the USS George H.W. Bush


HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Two of Britain and America’s most powerful ships met up during their break from sea trials and training on Tuesday.

HMS Queen Elizabeth, the UK’s new £3.5 billion aircraft carrier, passed by the USS George H.W. Bush off the Scottish coast en route to its new home port of Portsmouth.

The British mega-ship has spent the summer conducting its first sea trials in the North Sea, while its US counterpart was at the Persian Gulf supporting ground troops in their fight against ISIS.

It’s now in British waters to take part in training exercise Saxon Warrior, where it is hosting 60 members of the British Royal Navy and Royal Marines. The training began on August 1.

Below are some epic photos from the meetup.

Here are HMS Queen Elizabeth and USS George H.W. Bush sailing next to each other off the Scottish coast.

Handout/LPhot Ioan Roberts via Reuters

The British carrier was on her way to Portsmouth after more than two months of sea trials in the North Sea.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to arrive in her new home port between 17 and 22 August, with the exact date dependent on the weather, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced on Monday.

USS George H.W. Bush was taking part in Saxon Warrior, a multi-day joint exercise led by the Royal Navy.

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A total of 15 ships from across NATO are taking part in the exercise, the Royal Navy noted, with more than 100 aircraft and some 10,000 people involved.

“A great opportunity to break from Contractor Sea Trials to have an early morning PHOTEX [photographic exercise] with USS George H.W. Bush & her taskgroup,” the official Twitter account of HMS Queen Elizabeth said.

The exercise involved over 60 Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines training on board the US carrier.

HMS Queen Elizabeth/Twitter

The training involves fighting off simulated threats from enemy forces with all of the task group’s air, surface, and sub-surface capabilities, the Royal Navy noted.

The fact that British sailors and marines are training on board the US ship “shows the closeness of our relationship with the US Navy and the importance that both nations place” on the UK’s development of its carrier strike capabilities, said Captain Jerry Kyd, HMS Queen Elizabeth’s commanding officer.

The British commanders also had some time to socialise: Captain Kyd invited Commodore Andrew Betton, the leader of the Saxon Warrior exercises, on board for drinks and sandwiches.

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