The naming of HMS Queen Elizabeth, which takes place this Friday (July 4th) at Rosyth, is a unique occasion of historical significance as it marks the beginning of a new era of UK carrier operations.
Workers from across the UK have contributed to the construction of the ship, but as the ship’s birth is taking place in Scotland, it is only fitting that it should be ‘christened’ with whisky, the ‘water of life’.
Bowmore Distillery, on the island of Islay, was selected as it was the first distillery Her Majesty The Queen ever visited in an official capacity.
Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael said:
“As someone who grew up on Islay I know how much it will mean to the community to have their whisky playing a central role in such an important occasion.
“World class whisky and world class shipbuilding are two of Scotland’s finest products so Friday promises to be a special day when we blend the two of them.”
Speaking ahead of the naming ceremony, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:
“This ship, the biggest the Royal Navy has ever had, is a demonstration of the UK at its very best with workers from across the Union contributing. This will be an occasion when it’s ok to spill a drop.”
Press Release, June 30, 2014; Image: UK Navy