HMS Queen Elizabeth, the 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier, Britain’s largest ever warship, was christened at Rosyth, Scotland in July.
The ship is due to be launched in 2017, although delays are expected.
But for three years while her sister carrier the Prince of Wales is being completed in Rosyth, there will be no dry dock large enough for Queen Elizabeth if she needs underwater repairs.
It is believed the Navy would use Toulon in southern France. express