Here's drone footage of the most powerful aircraft carrier ever built for the UK

HMS Queen ElizabethBritish Royal NavyHMS Queen Elizabeth

Great Britain once had the most powerful Navy in the world, but since 2010, they haven’t had a single aircraft carrier.

That changed earlier this week.

The HMS Queen Elizabeth — the largest and most powerful carrier the Royal Navy has ever built —  set sail on Monday for the first time.

With a price tag of about $US3.8 billion, it’s also Britain’s most expensive ship ever built. Still, the juice might be worth the squeeze.

“I think there are very few capabilities, by any country, that are as symbolic as a carrier strike capability,” commanding officer Captain Jerry Kyd told reporters on Monday. “These are visible symbols of power and power projection.”

Manned by a crew of 1,000 sailors, the ship is 919-feet long, weighs 65,000 tons and can hold 40 jets. 

Check out the aerial footage of the ship: 

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