6th Ramsgate Sea Scout Groups Explorer and Young Leader, Rebecca Cannon was selected as one of four young people out of 105 RN Sea Scouting Groups around the country to represent RN sea scouting at the Commissioning Ceremony for HMS Queen Elizabeth – Britains largest Navy Ship.
Rebecca, selected by virtue of her commitment to RN sea scouting, her personal achievement in sea scouting and her service with RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat, was involved in the preparation of the ceremony and formed the Honour Guard at the entrance to the hangar deck through which Her Majesty arrived.
Following proceedings, during which they welcomed Britain’s new £3.1billion aircraft carrier into the fleet, Rebecca and the other Explorer and Scouts were interviewed by the 1st Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones.
Accompanied by Princess Anne in Naval uniform, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, attended the commissioning ceremony in Portsmouth for her namesake ship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, the largest and most powerful vessel ever built for the Royal Navy was brought into service.
In a speech, the Queen said: “We are gathered here in Portsmouth today just a short distance from HMS Victory, a flagship of our seafaring past and a reminder of the debt we owe to the Royal Navy which for more than 500 years has protected the people of this country and our interests around the world. Like HMS Victory, HMS Queen Elizabeth embodies the best of British technology and innovation, a true flagship for the 21st century. The most powerful and capable ship ever to raise the White Ensign, she will in the years and decades ahead represent the country’s resolve on the global stage.”
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