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    Default Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

    With construction now picking up pace, I thought it was time for a dedicated thread following the development of these amazing vessels.


    [SIZE=1]Ministry of Defence[/SIZE]

    For the uninitiated, the QE class will be two 65 000 tonne aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy. HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales are scheduled to enter service in the second half of the next decade, and are a massive step-up from the RN's current strike-carriers (Invincible Class). They are a return to the days of Britain operating 'proper' carriers, and incorporate the latest technology. They are intended to operate the F-35B Lightening II, a STOVL variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, but are capable of rapid reconfiguration for conventional CATOBAR operations (that's using catapults/arrestor wires, in layman's terms).

    Here are the specs:
    Displacement: 65 000 tonnes
    Length: 284m
    Beam: 70m (flight deck)
    Height: 56m (keel to masthead)
    Draft: 11m
    Decks: 9 (+flightdeck and superstructure)
    Complement: 600 (+up to 1000 air wing)
    Aircraft Carried: Up to 40 F-35B, helicopters and drones
    Fuel Storage: 8 600 tonnes
    Flight Deck Area: 13 000m²
    Hanger Space: 29 000m³

    Maximum Speed: 25+kts
    Unrefuelled range: 10 000nm
    Projected availability: 584 days/year (2 ships)
    Interval between dockings: 6 years
    Propulsion: 2x Rolls-Royce Marine 36MW MT30 gas turbine alternators, 4x Diesel Engine 10MW
    Thales video


    Please add any news, and feel free to discuss the continued development.
    Last edited by happyslapper; 08-28-2009 at 01:34 PM.

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    Default Let's start at the beginning...

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    A Cut Above – Construction of Biggest Ever British Warship Begins[/SIZE]
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    The construction of the Armed Forces’ new aircraft carriers pressed forward today as Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal performed the steel cutting for the first of the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers at BVT Surface Fleet’s shipyard in Govan, Glasgow.

    Today’s ceremony marked the start of the manufacture of the Royal Navy’s largest ever warships. Together with the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft and the brand new Type 45 destroyers, they will form the cornerstone of Britain’s future ability to jointly project air power worldwide from land or sea at a time and place of UK’s choosing.
    The Minister for Defence Equipment and Support Quentin Davies said:

    “The MoD is committed to ensuring the UK’s Armed Forces are modern, versatile and well equipped for present and future operations. The versatility of the design together with the long service life of these ships will ensure that we will be able to deal with the uncertainties of the future for years to come, and they will deliver the support to deployed UK forces around the globe.

    “It is an honour to mark this historic moment with Her Royal Highness here in Govan. We also must not forget the ongoing work of legions of people in industry in regions across the country who are all delivering vital elements of this truly national project. ”

    First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Jonathon Band said:

    "The QE Class, together with the supporting aircraft forming the Carrier Strike, represent a step change in defence’s capability, enabling Britain to deliver airpower from the sea wherever and whenever it is required. This strategic effect, influence and, where necessary, direct action will give us an unprecedented range of options to deal with the challenges of an uncertain world at a time and place of our choosing.”

    “These ships are not just spare airfields, they are an instrument of national power: the ‘big stick’ which can be waved by the Government in areas of strategic interest to influence, coerce and deter.”



    Guided by Scott Ballingal, a 21 year old BVT apprentice from Erskine who will be working on the Carriers, Rear Admiral the Princess Royal pushed the button to start the computer guided laser that cut the first piece of steel for the hull of these immense new ships.

    Scott is one of 70 new apprentices who have been taken on by BVT to support work on the carrier. The programme has reinvigorated apprenticeship schemes at the prime shipyards and provides a solid workload for the coming years.



    Three other major sections (called lower blocks) of the ship will be assembled at yards at Portsmouth and Rosyth. Other fabrication work will be done at the Appledore shipyards in Devon. Each block will be transported to Rosyth dockyard where they will be joined together to form the hull of the ship.

    While construction is just beginning, the project has moved on apace since the manufacture contract was signed in July last year, with £700M worth of sub-contracts placed for the equipment and furnishings that will kit out the ships from the weapons systems to the galleys and cabins. UK industry has also benefited from the development phase of the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft and is well placed to win further work as this programme progresses well into the 21st century.
    See more pictures in the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier gallery
    http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk

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    [SIZE=4]Aircraft carrier parts leave Appledore Shipyard[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=1]Friday, August 21, 2009, 16:23[/SIZE]


    CONSTRUCTION of the biggest warship ever built on the British Isles will begin next week with the arrival of its first delivery of parts — from Appledore Shipyard.

    The North Devon yard's first contribution towards one of the Ministry of Defence's largest shipbuilding projects ever placed has been described as the milestone that kicks off the whole assembly process.
    A 100m Russian ship that arrived in Appledore on Wednesday has been loaded up with 300 tonnes of steel blocks called sponsons.

    The blocks will form part of the sides of the two new Royal Navy aircraft carriers, giving the flight deck the width needed to enable movement of planes.

    The ship, with a crew of seven Russians, will leave Appledore bound for Rosyth in Scotland at about 6pm this evening, depending on the tide.
    Appledore's £50 million Queen Elizabeth Class Carrier project has secured 300 jobs in North Devon until 2015 and instilled a new found sense of confidence.

    It has won the support of the local community and provided a boost to the North Devon economy.

    It is one of a minority of businesses offering hope and new jobs and will be taking on another 14 apprentices at the end of next month.

    Those working on the project say they are proud to be a part of such an enormous project which is contributing towards Appledore's shipbuilding heritage.
    http://www.thisisnorthdevon.co.uk/ne...l/article.html

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    2 Islands on the deck?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linedoggie View Post
    2 Islands on the deck?
    Perhaps 1 for navigating the ship and 1 for controlling the air-traffic?

    Beautiful special design...!!!

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    Ah yes, I remember reading about this ship awhile back. I wasn't sure they would actually go through with the project due to budget reasons. It's nice to see that these ships are going to be built now.

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    BTW here are some pictures. I'll add some more later.








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    At Braehead , Renfrew you can get an excellent vantage point of the yard as with the flats right across situated on the Nrth bank of the Clyde

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holmes85 View Post

    Is this to scale? looks awfully huge

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    Just wondering, I see a single catapult, while there are 4 on a typical American aircraft carrier. Don't know much about these things, I'm sure that the MOD has done a thorough review, but will one be enough? Also, how will the angled flight deck be utilized? Can't wait to see these ships in service though!

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    Ok, got it already. Saw the Thales video. I see that the flight deck is reconfigurable and the whole ship modular. Cool.

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    Will these 2 even be built, considering that the Royal Navy will likely undergo further cuts in its surface fleet in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EStrike101 View Post
    Is this to scale? looks awfully huge
    I'm not quite sure.

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    Will portsmouth have to have special docks built to accommodate them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Britishhawk View Post
    Will portsmouth have to have special docks built to accommodate them?
    No, the dry docks will be at Rosyth.... and guess who's got constituents who work there...

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