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The most famous image in the history of the Royal Navy is a huge black ship, which is just a shadow of the real thing, its prow, starboard side, and a few turrets visible in the background

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The most famous image in the history of the Royal Navy is a huge black ship, which is just a shadow of the real thing, its prow, starboard side, and a few turrets visible in the background. But when the new Queen Elizabeth class supercarrier, the Queen Elizabeth 2, was unveiled at a ceremony in Portsmouth last month, it was not a ship of war, but of something else entirely: an aircraft carrier. “We are now entering the most significant phase of our programme of modernisation,” said the prime minister, who is about to retire and is seeking to build on the experience gained during his long political career. Related: HMS Queen Elizabeth: Britain and the future of the Royal Navy “We will be bringing some of the best technology in the world to Portsmouth – with the added advantage of a very capable carrier,” he told the crowd. “It’s going to take an enormous amount

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