Britain’s largest warship HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Liverpool

The largest warship ever built for Britain arrived in Liverpool today as huge crowds gathered to watch.

The mighty 65,000 tonne behemoth is the largest warship ever built for Britain and is one of two aircraft carriers along with her sister ship HMS Prince of Wales. The £3.2billion warship has left for training exercises and is due to head north to Scotland after visiting Liverpool.

The 280m vessel will visit the Port of Liverpool and dock at the City of Liverpool Cruise Terminal. The ship arrived at the Port of Liverpool around 1pm today before continuing to its berth at the cruise terminal at 3pm.

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A controlled zone of 250m on each side and an exclusion zone 800m in front of the huge ship were imposed as it traveled down the Mersey. The areas will be manned by Ministry of Defense patrol boats when the ship visits. Tugboats could be seen assisting HMS Queen Elizabeth down the Mersey.

Images taken by ECHO photographers showed crowds watching the ship as it made its journey down the Mersey. Hundreds of people took advantage of the early spring weather to see the ship arrive.

People could be seen gathering at Wirral, on Crosby Beach and at the cruise terminal waiting for the ship to arrive. ECHO has chosen a number of images of the ship’s arrival taken by ECHO photographers who have taken the ship at various stages of its Merseyside journey.

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