The HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier's begun her journey from Rosyth, following rigorous maintenance works.

Flocks of people gathered in Rosyth to watch the HMS Queen Elizabeth sail through the iconic Forth bridges.


Flocks of people gathered in Rosyth to watch the HMS Queen Elizabeth sail through the iconic Forth bridges.

The 65-thousand tonne aircraft carrier has been stationed in the town's dock undergoing maintenance works.

Darren Fetter, from Kelty, worked on the Queen Elizabeth as a welder while it was being built- he's made the trip to Rosyth to watch the ship pass through the iconic Forth Bridges. 

He said: ""It's magnificent to stand and see it coming from a shell to now, it's just the pride of the British Navy"

Robert Jackson's, from Fife, worked at the shipyard for 3 decades.

He said:"i just hope it keeps going because there were thousand's there when I worked there." 

During her time out of the water, 284 hull valves were changed, both rudder blades were removed and cleaned, her sea inlet pipes were inspected, all sacrificial anodes were replaced, and a renewed coat of anti-foul paint was applied to the ship’s bottom. 

The huge port and starboard anchors and cables were also laid out along the length of dock to allow them to be inspected.

It's thought the warship won't need to dock down again for another six years. 

Meanwhile, a dispute is ongoing with Commodore Nick Cooke- Priest, as he was flown off the ship in a row over a misused MoD car. 

Meaning the ship will be at sea without a commanding officer. 

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