American monster in Solent

THE world’s newest and most powerful surface ship dropped anchor off the UK yesterday in order for its crew to make a port visit.

More than 5,000 personnel from the US Navy’s aircraft carrier George HW Bush are expected to visit Portsmouth following the ship’s arrival yesterday morning.

The vessel, which is too large to fit into Portsmouth Harbour, had to anchor in Stokes Bay.

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The warship completed war games in UK waters with HMS Dauntless and HMS Gloucester before its arrival in the Solent. A Royal Navy spokesman said: “The 97,000-ton Bush carries in excess of 70 aircraft from eight squadrons and 5,300 sailors and aircrew.”