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HMS Queen Elizabeth postpones sailing after crew members test positive for Covid-19

Big Lizzie gets sick: HMS Queen Elizabeth, flagship of the Royal Navy, postpones sailing from Portsmouth base after crew members test positive for Covid-19

  • Up to nine of the ship’s crew have tested positive for coronavirus
  • About 100 other crew members will isolate on board and will be retested
  • The ship was to depart to work with a NATO task force of other warships

The Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has postponed its departure from Portsmouth Naval Base after several crew members tested positive for Covid-19, the Ministry of Defense has confirmed.

The aircraft carrier, which is currently in Portsmouth, has delayed its sail for 24 hours after nine of its crew members tested positive for the corona virus.

About 100 other crew members are isolated on board because they have been in contact with positive cases.

Infected crew members have been removed from the ship and will remain in isolation.

The Royal Navy's aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has postponed its departure from Portsmouth naval base after several crew members tested positive for Covid-19, Ministry of Defense has confirmed

The Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has postponed its departure from Portsmouth naval base after several crew members tested positive for Covid-19, Ministry of Defense has confirmed

The ship would set sail for several weeks to work with a small NATO task force of other warships.

A number of British and American F-35B stealth jets will also be aboard the aircraft carrier in the largest cohort of jets seen on a British warship in more than a decade.

US Marine Corps pilots arrived at RAF Marham last week to prepare for the role.

The Queen Elizabeth will be deployed early next year on her first operational mission, which she will travel around the world.

Her sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales, is expected to make the first operational deployment in 2023.

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