The Queen Welcomes Hms Queen Elizabeth Into The Royal Navy

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The huge £3.1billion HMS Queen Elizabeth was today commissioned into the Royal Navy in front of the Queen
Queen Elizabeth inspected the ship with captain Commander Jerry Kyd before the white ensign was raised
She gave a speech today and said Big Lizzie is a 'true flagship for the 21st century' and praised the Royal Navy 
Prime Minister Theresa May was due to attend the event but had to cancel because of the ongoing Brexit talks 
Weight: 65,000 tons
Length: 920 feet
Top speed: Upwards of 25 knots
Flight deck size: 230ft by 920ft - the equivalent of three football pitches
Keeps 45 days worth of food onboard
Is made up of 17 million parts
28 million hours have been spent designing and building the carrier
More than a million feet of pipes inside the ship
The aircraft carrier weighs 65,000 tonnes and has a top speed in excess of 25 knots.
A number of ship building yards around the country were involved in the build - these include Govan and Scotstoun in Glasgow, Appledore in Devon, Cammell Laird in Liverpool, A&P on the Tyne in Newcastle and Portsmouth.
A total of 10,000 people worked on construction of the ship, made up in sections at yards around the UK and transported to Rosyth, Fife, where it was assembled.
It is the second ship in the Royal Navy to be named Queen Elizabeth.
The ship has a crew of around 700, that will increase to 1,600 when a full complement of F-35B jets and Crowsnest helicopters are embarked.
There are 364,000 metres of pipes inside the ship, and from keel to masthead she measures 56 metres, four metres more than Niagara Falls.
Facilities onboard include a chapel, a medical centre and 12-bed ward, staffed with GPs, a nurse and medical assistants, as well as a dentist and dental nurse.
There are also five gyms on the warship which include a cardiovascular suite, two free weight rooms and a boxing gym.
Regular fitness circuit sessions and sporting activities such as basketball and tug of war are held in the hangar and on the flight deck, with weights and other items stored inside the flight deck ramp.
Captain Jerry Kyd said his favourite part of the ship was the laundry, which he called 'huge and bespokely built'.
There are five galleys on the warship which is where the food is cooked and those on board eat their meals everyday. This includes two main galleys, the bridge mess and an aircrew refreshment bar.
The distribution network on board manages enough energy to power 30,000 kettles or 5,500 family homes.
Its flight deck is 280 metres long and 70 metres wide, enough space for three football pitches.
 The entire ship's company of 700 can be served a meal within 90 minutes, 45 minutes when at action stations.
Recreational spaces enjoyed by the crew feature televisions and sofas, as well as popular board games including the traditional Royal Navy game of Uckers.
Each of the two aircraft lifts on HMS Queen Elizabeth can move two fighter jets from the hangar to the flight deck in 60 seconds.
The warship has a range of 8,000 to 10,000 nautical miles, and has two propellers - each weighing 33 tonnes and with a combined 80MW output of power - enough to run 1,000 family cars or 50 high speed trains.
The crew is currently made up of 87 women and 613 men. 

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