Portsmouth is preparing to welcome HMS Queen Elizabeth into her home port for the first time tomorrow (Wednesday, 16th August 2017). 

The city is preparing for tens of thousands of people to turn out to welcome the Royal Navy's flagship aircraft carrier, 

HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to enter Portsmouth Harbour just after 7am. 

Travel advice and information on road closures is available for anyone coming to view the carrier or going about their normal day in Portsmouth - but expect disruption as the city will be busier than usual: https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/travel/queen-elizabeth-carrier.aspx

Council Leader Donna Jones said: "The eyes of the world will be on our city tomorrow when this historic ship sails into her home port for the first time. We are delighted to welcome HMS Queen Elizabeth into Portsmouth and I know residents and visitors alike will join us in making her arrival a momentous and memorable occasion."

HMS Queen Elizabeth is the biggest most powerful ship built for the Royal Navy and secures the future of Portsmouth Naval base jobs for the next 50 years.

The 65,000-tonne carrier is a key asset for NATO and the eyes of the world will be on Portsmouth when she comes into her home port for the first time.

Portsmouth based staff will carry out around 32,000 planned maintenance tasks to each carrier annually and provide support via key naval locations around the globe.

£65 million pounds was spent with Fareham based dredging company Boskalis Westminster Ltd in preparation for the carrier and 1,000 new jobs in supply chain have been created in the naval base.

With large numbers of people expected into the city on the morning of the carrier's arrival there will inevitably be significant travel disruption to travel and large crowds in areas of the seafront.