"I think it's a pretty good investment, £6 billion for two ships, I think in 50 years time we'll look back and think that was extremely good value because they will be used a lot".
"You don't have to hang around and endure it, you can move away and go somewhere else".
The Royal Navy says Portsmouth Harbour has now reopened after it was temporarily closed following the discovery of a bomb... She will take a crew of 700 to sea but has a capacity of 1,600.
It was scheduled to be fully operational by 2020 but that date may now be as late as 2026, Britain's National Audit Office said earlier this year, because of technical difficulties. Commanding Officer Jerry Kyd is in charge of manoeuvring the £3.5bn ship out of its tight-fitting dock in Rosyth, taking it, or her if you're old fashioned about lumps of metal, out to begin six weeks of sea trials in the North Sea, before heading off overseas to start rebuilding the empire again, or whatever its job is.
But the vessel will return for tweaks and adjustments after the first six weeks of trials.
Captain Kyd said: "At the end of that period we know that all the basics work".
Navigators, pilots and tug boats had the slimmest of margins to deal with to guide HMS Queen Elizabeth out of the Rosyth basin in Fife where she was assembled.
Jack Congreve onboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier at Rosyth Dockyard on June 21, 2017, in Rosyth, Scotland.
Like her U.S. Navy Nimitz and Gerald R. Ford-class counterparts, HMS Queen Elizabeth will have to undergo a series of sea trials before she is formally commissioned into service later this year.
"Submarines you can't see, but these are very visible symbols of power and power projection".