It is a 3 billion-pound state-of-the-art investment, commissioned to reassert Britain’s supremacy on the high seas.
But this week the Royal Navy was left blushing when it emerged that an amateur drone enthusiast managed to land a 300-pound device on the deck of the HMS Queen Elizabeth – without anyone raising the alarm. According to local media reports in Scotland, the drone user managed to fly it past armed patrol boats before landing on the deck of the aircraft carrier.
The pilot, who is yet to be named, said:
“I was amazed that I was able to land on the aircraft carrier for two reasons; the first being that there was no one about to prevent it from landing although were security police around in small boats.
“The second reason was more technical. I received a high wind warning as I was videoing up and down the flight deck and my control system advised me to land.”
The incident has prompted concern among military experts, including Lord West, a former First Sea Lord, who warned that the ease in which the drone avoided detection could pose a “very dangerous”risk.
The Ministry of Defence said: “This incident has been reported to Police Scotland. An investigation is under way and we stepped up our security measures in light of it”
– The Sunday Telegraph