Great pictures from both sides of the pond. Those kids you see playing with their remote controlled boats on Southsea canoeing lake may one day be controlling the QEII.
I think the flat versus fat slicing maybe to do with where the subassemblies are made. The Ford being all on site won't need to travel by sea. I imagine it is easier to weather proof a higher load than a flat one. Interesting stuff.
It REALLY does, doesn't it!? But in June next year, it'll look like THIS!
MUCH better don't you think?
Actually it would look more like that in 2021 if those are F-35C on deck
I suspect by June the hull will be completed and they may be close to fitting the island but i expect there will be a good couple of years fitting out, due to the nature of the build. To be honest i wouldn't be surprised if QE is now actually more fitted out than Ford as the larger blocks and islands are being outfitted during build indoors.
Still it will be rather nice to see both carriers together when they are completed, hopefully Ford will still be on the East Coast when QE goes to the US for her Carrier Aircraft qualifications.
BTW Bama any update on the status of the Carriers, we know the Kennedy build is being strecthed out and the next one scheduled to be ordered has been delayed, but i did hear they were considering cancelling one of the Nimitz class refuelling & refit due in the next 5 years !. Not sure if they diemissed that idea or put it in the worst case budget scenario folder as that would lead to a permament drop in carrier numbers.
You're right Geoff, the GRF will be in the water by then, but it still has a couple years to commission - that's why we're keeping the Kitty Hawk in ready reserve till then. As to the possible drop in CVNs for the USN. There was a time about a year or so ago when there was speculation that the Lincoln would not be refueled and decommed, However, the Congress passed a law directing that the Navy maintain 11 carriers with a one time dispensation that allowed the number to drop to 10 to reflect the gap between decomming Big E and GRF being commissioned.
So, for the present time we're not planning to drop the CVN fleet down. As to the stretching out on the procurement of JFK II and we hope Big E IX - that's a political thing much as it is with the build on the QEs. If there is a change of administration this fall, expect those times to contract and a 4th GRF to possibly be announced as well as a third America class. Hope so myself... But we'll see.