The Naming Ceremony of HMS Queen Elizabeth – the Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier – heralds a historic occasion for the Royal Navy and its charity.

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity – the principal strategic charity of the Royal Navy – is also the inaugural charity affiliated to HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Vice Admiral Sir Richard Ibbotson, Chairman of The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity states: “This is an extraordinary day. On behalf of the Trustees and the Charity’s beneficiaries I send my best wishes to the Ship’s Company of HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Aircraft Carrier Alliance and everyone involved in her construction.”

The Charity, which improves the lives of all who serve – past and present – and their families, is proud of its affiliation to the carrier.

Sir Richard continues: “The Charity’s special relationship with HMS Queen Elizabeth enabled it to reach out and help the Naval Service personnel based in Rosyth from the very start of the project.

“We recognised some time ago that, for sailors living on the Base, the domestic and recreational facilities were in desperate need of an overhaul so we stepped in and awarded a grant for over £135,000 to make those much needed improvements. Now the Warrant Officers’ and Senior Rates’ Mess, in addition to the Junior Rates bar, provide the ideal setting for the Nation’s sailors to unwind.”

Photo: Computer-generated impression of the Queen Elizabeth Carrier's upper deck. Credit: BAE Systems Vital support for a vital carrier

The Queen Elizabeth Class of carriers will form a vital part of the United Kingdom’s defence capability and over the coming years, an influx of personnel will be assigned to HMS Queen Elizabeth as her fit-out and sea-trials gets underway. As personnel numbers increase so will the numbers of grant applications and requests for support made to The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity; and, as the Navy’s charity, it is on standby to help at every opportunity.

The charity already awards grants to every ship, submarine, air crew and Marine unit on international deployments in addition to funding initiatives that boost morale, encourage efficiencies and support local families

Captain Jerry Kyd, Commanding Officer Designate said: “I am in no doubt that all of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s personnel will benefit from the special relationship with the Charity.” 

Photo: The 65,000 tonne ship, currently in Rosyth dockyard in Fife, will be Britain’s biggest ever carrier. Credit: BAE Systems