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HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest and most advanced warship ever constructed in Britain. As she embarks on gruelling sea trials we see ship and crew pushed to breaking point. Taking viewers on an epic voyage of discovery – from construction in the building yard to the rigorous trials in which everything is tested for the first time – Rise of the Super Carrier tells the extraordinary story of a warship that will be in service for the next 50 years. Embedded within the ship’s company of 700 sailors, Emmy award-winning filmmaker Chris Terrill captures an intimate and personal portrait of life on board as the men and women learn the intricacies of a warship that will change the way Britain goes to war.

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Captain Jerry Kyd and his 700 sailors take up their posts to prepare for dangerous sea trials – the first time these have ever been filmed.

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It is early 2016 and sailors begin to arrive at Rosyth dockyard in Scotland where HMS Queen Elizabeth is still under construction. Captain Jerry Kyd and his 700 sailors are assembling to take up their posts on the biggest warship ever constructed for the Royal Navy.

Their mission? To take the prototype warship to sea for the first time on dangerous make or break sea trials in the North Sea.

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