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Aircraft carriers given 'red' warning in Government audit
The Government admits that two aircraft carriers currently being built are at risk of delay and could go over budget
Queen To Officially Name UK's Newest Aircraft Carrier
Jul. 3, 2014 - 02:14PM | By ANDREW CHUTER
LONDON — Britain is set to launch its first new aircraft carrier in more than 30 years when the queen officially names the warship Queen Elizabeth at a July 4 ceremony at Rosyth dockyard, Scotland.
Technically it’s not a launch but a flood up of the dock where the 65,000-ton warship has been assembled from modules built by maritime construction companies from around Britain.
Queen Elizabeth is the first of two carriers being built for the Royal Navy in a program targeted to cost £6.2 billion (US $10.5 billion), having started at £3.8 billion.
When the first warship becomes fully operational in 2020, it will restore a Royal Navy carrier strike capability axed in the Conservative-led coalition government’s 2010 strategic defense and security review (SDSR).
Queen names new Royal Navy aircraft carrier in Rosyth
The carrier has still to be fitted out and floated, to make way for the assembly of its sister ship HMS Prince of Wales.
Assembly of HMS Prince of Wales is set to begin at Rosyth later this year.
Work on the two carriers is expected to cost £6.2bn.
More than 10,000 people in more than 100 companies have worked on its construction.
[BBC News] - 4 July 2014
This photo was taken by Moray Alexander Horn. — with Moray Alexander Horn.
This photo was taken by Moray Alexander Horn.
Pictures: PO(Phot) Ray Jones, HMS Illustrious
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Queen smashes whisky, gives her name to Britain's biggest warship
Jul. 4, 2014 - 02:00PM | By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II smashed a bottle of whisky against Britain's biggest warship on Friday as she gave her name to the new aircraft carrier at a ceremony in Scotland.
The 65,000-tonne HMS Queen Elizabeth is one of two carriers being built at a cost of £6.2 billion ($10.6 billion, 7.8 billion euros) to overhaul Britain's naval capabilities.
But the pomp of the ceremony at Rosyth Dockyard came despite serious doubts about the carrier, which will not be able to operate its US-built jets until 2020.
The 88-year-old monarch, attending the naming ceremony with her husband Prince Philip, said Britain's future flagship "marks a new phase in our naval history".
"Wherever this ship may serve, whatever tasks may be asked of her, let all those who serve on her know that on this day she was blessed with the prayers of us all for her success and her safe return to calm waters," she said.
"I name this ship Queen Elizabeth. May God bless her and all who sail in her."
Aircraft carrier won't be sold off
The Royal Navy's second new aircraft carrier, the Prince of Wales, is to be brought into service, rather than sold off or mothballed, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced.
Mr Cameron said at a press conference at the conclusion of the two-day Nato summit in south Wales: "This will ensure that we will always have one carrier available, 100% of the time.
HMS Queen Elizabeth begins tracking aircraft as she flashes up her radar
26 August 2015
Navy News (UK)
The crew of HMS Queen Elizabeth flashed up the new carrier’s ‘invisible eyes’ as part of ongoing preparations to ready the leviathan for sea next year.
The S1850M long range radar – the same as those fitted to Type 45 destroyers – is now compiling the air picture of traffic over the central belt of Scotland and beyond.
The Long Range Radar can be seen atop the forward island during Queen Elizabeth's move in the basin at Rosyth
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First Compartments of HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier Handed Over to Royal Navy Crew
The Aircrft Carrier Alliance has successfully signed over the first compartments of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH to her crew, over a year ahead of when the ship is due to be delivered to the Royal Navy. The six large compartments are the first sections of the ship the crew has taken ownership of and marks an important step towards delivering the nation's flagship.
Merlin Helicopters To Fly From Queen Elizabeth in March 2017
Tom Kington, Defense News 12:55 p.m. EDT July 12, 2016
The Royal Navy’s Merlin helicopters are to start flying from the decks of the UK’s new aircraft carrier by March 2017, a senior official said at the Farnborough air show Tuesday.
The Queen Elizabeth is due to start sea trials next year before its first deployment in 2021, followed by its sister ship, the Prince of Wales.
The Merlins will start “low risk, simple” flights from the Queen Elizabeth next March, followed by first-class flight trials in early 2018, said Captain Kieran O’Brien, the Merlin team leader for the British Ministry of Defence's Defence Equipment and Support procurement arm.
British Naval Commander Wants US Marine Aviation on Aircraft Carrier
By: Andrew Chuter, September 29, 2016
ROSYTH, Scotland — The commander of HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s new aircraft carrier, would like to see US Marine Corps F-35Bs and V-22s embark for up to nine months at a time once the warship becomes operational.
“We’ll certainly see some footprint aboard the ship. The big question is do they deploy with us much longer term in the future, maybe for six, seven, eight, nine months from when we deploy. That’s what I would love to see,” Capt. Jerry Kyd said.
Confirmation that the Royal Navy’s 70,000-ton aircraft carrier force would embark US Marine Corps (USMC) F-35Bs came during a meeting between UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and his US counterpart, Ash Carter, in London at the start of September.
Fallon said that eventually British aircraft could be deployed on US aircraft carriers.
The big question is do they deploy with us much longer term in the future, maybe for six, seven, eight, nine months
US Marine Corps to fly F-35s from HMS Queen Lizzie as UK won't have enough jets
It's OK, the Yanks let us play with their ships ... well, we hope
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has confirmed that the US Marine Corps will be flying F-35Bs from HMS Queen Elizabeth on the aircraft's carrier's maiden operational deployment.
He said: “I can welcome the commitment of the United States to deploying F-35s on the first operational deployment of Queen Elizabeth – the HMS Queen Elizabeth in 2021. And in the fullness of time, we expect our F-35s to be welcome on the American carriers.”
Fallon confirmed the deployment while giving a joint press conference on Wednesday at London's Lancaster House with US Defence Secretary Ash Carter.
"We value very much having such a partner in the United Kingdom because that's a commitment the United States shares as well, one that both of our countries, in fact, has stood for together and stood for together 75 years ago this month," said Secretary Carter, "when President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill issued the Atlantic Charter."..
The Ministry of Defence would not comment on the size of the USMC contingent, or how many aircraft would deploy aboard QE, though it could confirm that a mixture of Royal Air Force and Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm aircraft and personnel would be deployed alongside the US Marines aboard the British carrier.
HMS Queen Elizabeth is capable of carrying up to 36 F-35s, though current plans are for the air wing to comprise just 12 of the fast jets...
Deck landing trials aboard QE with the F-35B are pencilled in for 2018, with the RAF F-35B unit, 617 Squadron, scheduled to reach initial operating capability by the year 2019. Alongside 617 Sqn will be 809 Naval Air Squadron, providing the Fleet Air Arm's contribution to the UK F-35 fleet. The RAF will also operate the F-35 Operational Conversion Unit.