Chancellor Philip Hammond has warned that the UK’s relationship with China “has not been made simpler” by Gavin Williamson’s plan to send the Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier to the Pacific.
HMS Queen Elizabeth
Philip Hammond will not visit China this weekend amid reports that Beijing pulled out of trade talks after Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson threatened to deploy a warship in the Pacific.
Britain must be prepared to take military action against countries that “flout international law” or risk being seen as a “paper tiger”, Gavin Williamson will say.
Rosyth dockyard has won a £5 million contract to carry out maintenance work on HMS Queen Elizabeth.
The second Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier to be constructed at Rosyth is on track for delivery as planned in around a year’s time - although question marks have been raised over whether it will come in on budget.
The HMS Prince of Wales project has been described as "absolutely pivotal" to the future of Rosyth as it seeks to secure further work beyond the current Royal Navy aircraft carriers contract.
Fife-built Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth left her home port of Portsmouth on Saturday, bound for the USA to land fast jets on deck for the very first time.
Sir, – The commissioning of the first of Gordon Brown’s two pork-barrel white elephants, known in navy speak as HMS Big Lizzie, will be followed by HMS Chuck. Naval top brass are frightfully proud, of course, but the two carriers have been rightly described by a former chief of defence staff as ‘vulnerable metal cans’.
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Scots bakers have crafted an incredible 8ft replica of the UK's biggest ever warship, built in Fife, on the day it officially joins the Royal Navy.
Her sister ship may have stolen the limelight when she set sail from Fife earlier this summer, but the second of the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers is preparing for her day in the sun.