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Maritime And Coastguard Agency (National): ‘Queen Elizabeth’ joins the UK flag

Press Release   •   Sep 30, 2010 12:25 BST

The UK Ship Register is pleased to welcome ‘Queen Elizabeth’ to the UK Flag today.

The new Cunard ship will be the second largest Cunarder ever built and will join ‘Queen Victoria’ and ‘Queen Mary 2’ on the UK Flag.  This will bring Cunard’s total gross tonnage on the UK Flag to 329,478GT.

Her Majesty, The Queen will name the new ‘Queen Elizabeth’, the third Cunard ship to bear the name, at a ceremony to take place in Southampton on Monday 11 October 2010.

Peter Shanks, Cunard President and Managing Director, says:

“The naming of a Cunard Queen is a very special occasion and this will be an historic event in the true sense of the word. The Queen launched Cunard’s ‘Queen Elizabeth 2’ in 1967 and named our current flagship, ‘Queen Mary 2’, in 2004.  We are both honoured and proud that Her Majesty will name our new liner ‘Queen Elizabeth’.”

Her Majesty was also present at the age of 12 at the launch of the first ‘Queen Elizabeth’ on 27 September 1938 when she accompanied her mother, Queen Elizabeth, to Clydebank for the launch.

The naming ceremony will take place in Southampton on Monday 11 October and the ship will set sail on her maiden voyage the following day.

Roger Towner, Registrar General of the UK Ship Register says:

“I am delighted to welcome such a high profile ship to the UK Flag.  Cunard’s ‘Queen Elizabeth’ is the latest in a long line of their ships to register with the UK and thus maintains the long-term connection between Cunard and the Red Ensign.”

The ship was built by built by Fincantieri at their Monfalcone yard in Italy.  The Port of Registry will be Southampton.

Notes to editors

1.       The MCA is a partner in the Sea Vision UK campaign to raise awareness and understanding of the sea and maritime activities.  Sea Vision promotes the importance and economic value of the sector and works to highlight the exciting range of activities and career opportunities available to young people within the UK growing maritime sector.

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