Stunning moment one of 14 F-35 fighters roars into action from runway of Royal Navy's new carrier

Stunning footage has revealed F-35 stealth fighters roaring off the colossal flight deck of the Royal Navy's new flagship aircraft carrier the HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Two squadrons of F-35B Lightning stealth fighters, of the RAF Dambusters and the US Marines Wake Island Avengers, have joined Big Lizzie for drills with allies in the North Sea.

The 65,000-tonne carrier left Portsmouth earlier this week and is taking part in its final training exercises before it is declared ready for war.

It will later be joined by a strike group including seven Royal Navy destroyers, which the commander says will put 'real muscle back into Nato'.

Jets from the RAF's famed 617 Squadron (The Dambusters) have been joined by allies from the US Marine Corps aboard the ship.

It is the largest number of warplanes ever on the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth.

In total, 14 jets and eight Merlin helicopters are operating on board, the largest concentration of fighter jets to operate at sea from a Royal Navy carrier for nearly 40 years.

In this month's group exercise, HMS Queen Elizabeth will be joined by seven Royal Navy destroyers, frigates and auxiliaries, plus other supporting units, to form a fully sovereign Carrier Strike Group.

The group will be put through its paces off the north east coast of Scotland as part of Joint Warrior, Nato's largest annual exercise.

Commodore Steve Moorhouse, commander UK Carrier Strike Group, said: 'The United Kingdom's maritime renaissance has been unfolding over many years, as we int....

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