April 1, 2015 by George Allison · ukdefencejournal.org.uk
A leaked consultation document from this years Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) planning phase appears to suggest that the Royal Navy will now order a third Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier in response to a resurgent Russia.
Sources in the MoD stress that the new ship, HMS Princess Diana, will incorporate lessons learned in the design and build stages of the first two vessels of the class. Queen Elizabeth was launched in 2014; Prince of Wales is due to join the fleet towards the end of the decade. After her launch and trials, Queen Elizabeth is due to be handed over to the Royal Navy in 2017.