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17 novembre 2014 1 17 /11 /novembre /2014 17:21
USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) homecoming from Norfolk, Va. Part 2.

 

15 nov. 2014 US Navy

 

NORFOLK, Va. (Nov. 15, 2014) After completing a nine-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Operations (AOR), the ships and squadrons of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWB CSG) returned to their homeports in Norfolk, Va., Whidbey Island, Wash. and Mayport, Fla., Nov 15.

The GHWB CSG is comprised of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW-8), Destroyer Squadron 22 (CDS 22), the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), and the guided-missile destroyers USS Truxtun (DDG 103) and USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). The Strike Group, which deployed on 15 February, steamed a total of 73,400 nautical miles throughout two different AORs in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) as well as Maritime Security Operations (MSO) and Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) efforts while working with joint, coalition and allied forces. (U.S. Navy video/Released)

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USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) homecoming from Norfolk, Va. Part 1.

 

15 nov. 2014 US Navy

 

NORFOLK, Va. (Nov. 15, 2014) After completing a nine-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Operations (AOR), the ships and squadrons of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWB CSG) returned to their homeports in Norfolk, Va., Whidbey Island, Wash. and Mayport, Fla., Nov 15.

The GHWB CSG is comprised of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW-8), Destroyer Squadron 22 (CDS 22), the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), and the guided-missile destroyers USS Truxtun (DDG 103) and USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). The Strike Group, which deployed on 15 February, steamed a total of 73,400 nautical miles throughout two different AORs in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) as well as Maritime Security Operations (MSO) and Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) efforts while working with joint, coalition and allied forces. (U.S. Navy video/Released)

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12 novembre 2014 3 12 /11 /novembre /2014 08:20
Catching Lightning F-35C


7 nov. 2014 US Navy

 

The F-35 combines advanced stealth technology with fighter speed and agility, fused targeting, cutting-edge avionics, advanced jamming, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment delivering a lethal combination of fighter capabilities to the fleet.

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7 novembre 2014 5 07 /11 /novembre /2014 16:20
First F-35 Catapult Launch Aboard USS Nimitz

 

7 nov. 2014 Lockheed Martin

 

The F-35C Lightning II carrier variant completes the first catapult launch from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz off the coast of San Diego during initial at-sea Developmental Testing I (DT-1). Learn how the F-35C operates at sea: http://bit.ly/10yEQOy

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4 novembre 2014 2 04 /11 /novembre /2014 17:20
F-35C Completes First Arrested Landing aboard Aircraft Carrier

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 3, 2014) An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant joint strike fighter conducts its first arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting routine training exercises. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelly M. Agee/Released)

 

11/3/2014 From Naval Air Forces, Public Affairs - Story Number: NNS141103-20

 

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Navy made aviation history Nov. 3 as an F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter conducted its first arrested landing aboard an aircraft carrier off the coast of San Diego.

Navy test pilot Cmdr. Tony Wilson landed F-35C test aircraft CF-03 at 12:18 p.m. aboard USS Nimitz's (CVN 68) flight deck.

 

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28 octobre 2014 2 28 /10 /octobre /2014 16:55
34000ème appontage réalisé sur le porte-avions Charles de Gaulle

 

27 Octobre 2014 Sources : Marine nationale 

 

17h. Vendredi 24 octobre 2014. L’avion de guet aérien Hawkeye se présente à 200 km/h à l’arrière du porte-avions Charles de Gaulle. L’hélicoptère de surveillance et de secours Pedro veille, comme toujours. Après avoir vérifié les paramètres d’alignement, de pente et d’incidence, les officiers d’appontage (OA) donnent leur feu vert à  «Pipo», le pilote de la flottille 4F aux commandes du Hawkeye. La crosse attrape le brin d’arrêt, qui se détend et stoppe l’aéronef sur 75 mètres en l’espace de quelques secondes.

 

En passerelle navigation, la manœuvre, comme toutes les autres, n’a pas échappé au regard du capitaine de vaisseau Vandier, commandant le porte-avions. C’est avec solennité et fierté qu’il l’annonce sur le canal de diffusion : le 34 000ème appontage vient d’être réalisé. «Pipo» voit ainsi son nom rajouté au tableau d’honneur en coursive principale du bord.

 

Au-delà du chiffre symbolique, c’est toute la maîtrise d’une technique rare, uniquement partagée avec les États-Unis et le savoir-faire du porte-avions français issu de la somme d’expérience accumulée en entraînement et en opération, qui s’exprime.

 

Tous les marins du Charles de Gaulle peuvent être fiers car c’est grâce à leur investissement et à leur travail passionné que le groupe aéronaval français est capable de faire voler ses aéronefs et de remplir ses missions en toute sécurité.

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23 octobre 2014 4 23 /10 /octobre /2014 12:30
USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Arabian Gulf

 

20 Oct. 2014 U.S. Naval Air Forces


The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), bottom, relieves USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Arabian Gulf. George H.W. Bush will soon depart the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility for its homeport at Norfolk, Va., and Carl Vinson will take over support of maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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14 octobre 2014 2 14 /10 /octobre /2014 10:55
Qualifications à l’appontage des nouveaux pilotes d’aviation embarquée sur le Charles de Gaulle



14/10/2014 Sources : Marine nationale

 

Le Groupe aérien embarqué et ses renforts ont retrouvé, depuis le 6 octobre, le pont d’envol du porte-avions Charles de Gaulle et son équipage afin de ré-entraîner les équipes de mises en œuvre des aéronefs.

 

Durant cette sortie en mer, les manœuvres se consacrent aux qualifications à l’appontage, de jour ou de nuit, des nouveaux pilotes d’aviation embarquée de la Marine nationale. Sur les 60 pilotes de l’aviation embarquée, environ 10 d’entre eux passent à chaque session leurs qualifications. En octobre, 12 pilotes doivent chacun réaliser six appontages jugés «satisfaisants» par les Officiers d’Appontage (OA):

  • 4 en qualification initiale de jour (dont 3 sur Rafale et 1 pilote britannique en échange sur SEM)
  • 1 en transformation (passage de SEM à Rafale)
  • 2 sur Hawkeye en adaptation (passage de qualification sur porte-avions américain à porte-avions français)
  • 5 en qualification de nuit

Alors qu’ils se sont entraînés à terre depuis plusieurs semaines et qu’ils ont déjà réalisé des appontages lors de leur formation aux États-Unis, l’enjeu est pour eux de s’adapter au pont d’envol du Charles de Gaulle et à son environnement.

En ce dimanche matin, pour le dernier jour des EAE, une ruche à taille humaine s’agite sur le pont d’envol. Pierre, jeune pilote en qualification de jour, s’approche vers le Rafale sur lequel il va effectuer son dernier appontage pour les EAE. Autour de lui, le ballet du personnel du pont d’envol (ponev) et des techniciens se suspend à son arrivée.

«Ça ne se sait pas forcément», explique-t-il, « mais lorsqu’on a le casque sur la tête c’est le silence total, plus un son ne filtre. Tout ralentit, on se créé une bulle. Tous ces regards braqués sur nous, c’est beaucoup de pression. On sait que tous ces gens ont travaillé dur pour que nous puissions prendre l’avion. On veut bien faire, on veut réussir. Pour eux. Parce que ce vol, c’est le nôtre, mais c’est aussi le leur. Alors malgré le stress, on leur rend un sourire et on leur ouvre la porte de notre bulle, pour les y inclure eux aussi

Plus tard, dans l’après-midi, Guillaume s’apprête lui aussi à être catapulté. Face au nez de son avion, le déflecteur (grosse trappe qui se lève et s’abaisse sur le pont d’envol) est relevé pour le protéger du souffle du Rafalequi le précède.  «À ce moment-là», raconte-t-il, «je suis dans les starting blocs. Le souffle passe quand même sur les côtés, et mon avion tremble. Je suis déjà dans le vol, mais pas complètement. C’est mon dernier moment de répit. Et lorsque l’avion de devant est parti, que le déflecteur s’abaisse, que je vois la vapeur de la catapulte,  je me dis «ça y est, c’est à moi». Je ne pense plus à rien, rien d’autre que le vol. J’essaye de ne plus être qu’automatismes et réflexes

Jean, qui a déjà passé ses qualifications il y a quelques années, est toujours aussi touché par le spectacle qui se joue sur le pont d’envol. «Je sais ce qu’ils ressentent, je suis passé par là, et je continue de vivre ça à chaque fois que je suis sur le point d’être catapulté. Je vois la vapeur des catapultes qui s’élève, j’entends le bruit des moteurs qui ronflent, je sens les vibrations dans l’estomac, je vois les chiens jaunes qui se tiennent prêts. Je me dis que c’est vraiment magique et impressionnant. Et d’un coup je réalise que c’est moi qui suis dans le cockpit et j’ai envie de crier. C’est de l’adrénaline, du stress, mais du bon stress

 

Qualifications à l’appontage des nouveaux pilotes d’aviation embarquée sur le Charles de Gaulle

 

C’est la fin de la journée, et Arnaud rend son avion après son dernier vol de qualification. « Un appontage c’est toujours un combat », explique-t-il. «On regarde le miroir d’appontage jusqu’au bout, on se focalise dessus. Et d’un coup, on est sur le pont, on ne l’a pas vu arriver

Il reste concentré, jusqu’au bout, et attend le débriefing des OA. «Je me souviens de mon premier appontage », se remémore-t-il. « La vitesse, la violence du choc, le bruit de ferraille : c’était comme un gros accident de voiture.  C’est toujours aussi brutal, mais l’effet s’estompe au fur et à mesure qu’on accumule les appontages. On s’habitue, je suppose.».

Une fois la qualification accordée par le commandant du porte-avions, les pilotes doivent gagner en expérience. Les six appontages nécessaires pour réussir les EAE ne sont que les premiers des centaines de vols que chaque pilote effectuera au cours de sa carrière. «Le plus difficile est encore à venir», prévient Jean. «Une fois que tu es qualifié, on pense que tu sais faire, que c’est acquis. Mais rien n’est jamais acquis, il faut sans cesse se maintenir au niveau.».

Les jeunes qualifiés vont en effet devoir maintenant être capables d’enchaîner correctement une mission et un appontage, ce qui leur imposera de conserver de précieuses ressources en fin de vol. C’est la spécificité des pilotes d’aviation embarquée.

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""Le Charles de Gaulle en action" d'Henri-Pierre Grolleau

 

3 octobre 2014 Le Fauteuil de Colbert

 

Quel immense plaisir de retrouver Henri-Pierre Grolleau dans un nouveau reportage photographique : après "Porte-avions", c'est "Le Charles de Gaulle en action" qui est sa nouvelle aventure (tous les deux parus chez Marines Editions) !

Le premier ouvrage dépassait totalement le simple livre remplis de photographies puisque c'était une image globale de ce qu'est la puissance aéronavale et aéroamphibie américaine qui était donnée de manière synthétique mais non moins précise et rigoureuse. De quoi s'interroger sur les méthodes américaines en la matière.

Nous retrouvons cette volonté de témoigner entre les lignes, entre les images véhiculées par l'évocation de l'action de l'aéronavale française.

 

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4 octobre 2014 6 04 /10 /octobre /2014 16:50
UK CVF Royal Navy aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth

UK CVF Royal Navy aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth

 

October 4, 2014: Strategy Page

 

On August 28 th , 2014 the last of Britain's Invincible class carriers, HMS Illustrious, was decommissioned. This comes only three years after Illustrious returned to service after a $60 million refurbishment. At that point the Illustrious no longer carried Harrier vertical takeoff/landing jets. Instead, 20 helicopters were on board and crew size had been reduced to 600. At that time it had already been decided to replace Illustrious with HMS Ocean in 2014. Ocean is an amphibious assault ship that was out of service from 2012 until 2014 for upgrades and maintenance. The 22,000 ton Ocean is now in service. The ship carries 18 helicopters, along with 840 marines and 40 vehicles. Ocean can also operate up to 15 Harriers.

 

Meanwhile the Royal Navy is looking for someone to adopt the Illustrious as a museum ship. The three Invincible class carriers entered service in the early 1980s and the other two were scraped in 2011 and 2014. All three were originally built for anti-submarine operations against Soviet subs in the North Atlantic. But the Soviet Navy disappeared in the early 1990s and the Invincibles were converted to more varied uses.

 

In early 2011, only 18 months after returning to service (after another round of upgrades) another Invincible, the HMS Ark Royal was decommissioned. Thus for a few months Britain had no aircraft carrier in service. The HMS Ocean did not count, as it only carried helicopters. But until the end of the decade, all British carriers will carry only helicopters. That's because in 2011 Britain retired all its Harrier vertical takeoff jets, which were the principal warplanes on the Invincible class carriers.

 

It was in late 2009 that the Ark Royal returned to service after seven months in the shipyard (for $20 million worth of repairs and upgrades). The Ark Royal also had a $47 million refit in 2006, and a more extensive, $210 million one, in 1999-2001, that resulted in a larger flight deck. The Ark Royal was to remain in service until the first of the two Queen Elizabeth class carriers entered service at the end of this decade. The Queen Elizabeths have been in the works since the late 1990s and the first one is expected to enter service by 2020.

 

The 22,000 ton Ark Royal entered service in 1985, one of three Invincible class carriers. It carried 24 aircraft and helicopters, and was operated by a crew of 1,100. The most notable aspect of a recent refit was the addition of accommodations for 400 marines. This made the Ark Royal into an amphibious carrier, and it could deliver the marines via helicopter, or boats. Earlier this year, the Invincible was towed to Turkey, where it is being broken up for scrap.

 

The new "Queen Elizabeth" class carriers are planning on having a ship's crew of 800 (or less) and an air wing complement of 600 personnel. Currently, you need a ship crew of about 2,000 for a carrier that size, plus nearly as many for the air wing. These carriers are going to cost about $5 billion each, and are to be in use for half a century (via periodic refits and refurbs). But the biggest cost will be personnel. Currently, it costs the U.S. Navy a bit over $100,000 per sailor per year. Do the math ($7 billion in crew costs over the life of each carrier.) So the smaller the crew, the greater the savings, and the more you can spend on upgrading the ship, buying new aircraft and the like.

 

These carriers will haul 34-45 aircraft and helicopters each and be able to handle about 110 flight operations every 24 hours. That's with current aircraft. The F-35C will be the primary warplane on the British carriers. But it's also likely that many, or all, of the next generation of aircraft on these ships will be robotic.

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2 octobre 2014 4 02 /10 /octobre /2014 11:35
Naval Air: Chinese Carrier Returns To Service

 

October 1, 2014: Strategy Page

 

On September 25th China’s first aircraft carrier (the Liaoning) completed five months of shipyard level maintenance, refurbishment and repairs. This came after three years of frequent trips to sea for training and testing. All this time at sea apparently produced a long list of things needing to be fixed, modified or replaced. Thus the long visit in the shipyard. It was also revealed what the carrier’s air wing would eventually consist of. There will be twelve helicopters (four Z-18J early warning, six Z-18F anti-submarine and two Z-9C search and rescue) and 24 J-15 jet fighters (navalized Su-27s). None of these aircraft are available yet to complete the Liaoning air group. The Z-18F is the first Chinese made anti-submarine helicopter that works (at least on paper). It is described as a 13 ton naval helicopter that carries a dipping sonar, 32 sonobuoys and up to four light (235 kg/517 pound) anti-submarine torpedoes. The Z-18F is too heavy for most Chinese warships and will be used on Chinese carriers and large amphibious ships (that look like small carriers). The Z-18F appears to be a major upgrade to the earlier Z-8F, which was not acceptable. The Z-18J is equipped with a radar that can spot aircraft out to 150 kilometers. The Z-9 is four ton helicopter with a two ton payload. China has built over 200 of the Z-9s and many have been armed (with twin 23mm cannon, torpedoes, anti-tank missiles and air-to-air missiles.) The Z-9D, armed with four TL-10 missiles, while the Z-9EC simply has anti-submarine equipment installed instead. The Z-9C is an unarmed version of the Z-9EC. Both the Z-18 and Z-9 are based on French helicopters that China has long produced under license.

 

For most of the last decade China has been developing the J-15, which is a carrier version of the Russian Su-27. There is already a Russian version of this, called the Su-33. Russia refused to sell Su-33s to China when it was noted that China was making illegal copies of the Su-27 (as the J-11) and did not want to place a big order for Su-33s but only wanted two, for "evaluation." China eventually got a Su-33 from Ukraine in 2001. Ukraine had inherited some Su-33s when the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991. The first production models of the J-15 entered service in 2013 and it may take several years for the Liaoning to get its full complement of 24.

 

Liaoning completed its sea trials on January 1st 2014 after it returned to base with its escort group after 37 days at sea. This came 16 months after Liaoning was commissioned (accepted into service by the navy) in September 2012. At that time China announced that there would be more sea trials before Liaoning was ready for regular service. Before commissioning Liaoning had performed well during over a year of pre-commissioning sea trials. During that time Liaoning went to sea ten times. The longest trip was two weeks. All this was mainly to see if the ship was able to function reliably at sea. After commissioning Liaoning carried out months of additional trials and preparations for the first flight operations, which took place in late 2012.

 

Liaoning is one of the two Kuznetsov class carriers that Russia began building in the 1980s. Originally the Kuznetsovs were to be 90,000 ton nuclear powered ships, similar to American carriers (complete with steam catapults). Instead, because of the high cost and the complexity of modern (American style) carriers, the Russians were forced to scale back their plans and ended up with 65,000 ton (full load) ships that lacked steam catapults and used a ski jump type flight deck instead. Nuclear power was dropped but the Kuznetsovs were still a formidable design. The Kuznetsovs normally carry a dozen navalized Su-27s (called Su-33s), 14 Ka-27PL anti-submarine helicopters, two electronic warfare helicopters, and two search and rescue helicopters. But the ship was built to carry as many as 36 Su-33s and sixteen helicopters. The Kuznetsovs carry 2,500 tons of aviation fuel, allowing it to generate 500-1,000 aircraft and helicopter sorties. Crew size is 2,500 (or 3,000 with a full aircraft load). While the original Kuznetsov is in Russian service, the second ship, the Varyag, was launched but not completed, and work stopped in 1992. The Chinese bought the unfinished carrier in 1998, towed it to China and spent over a decade completing it as the Liaoning.

 

In 2011 China confirmed that the Liaoning will primarily be a training carrie used to train Chinese officers and sailors to operate as a carrier task force as the Americans and some other Western navies have been doing for over 80 years. That led to the formation of the first Chinese carrier task force in late 2013. This was essential because a carrier needs escorts. For Liaoning this consisted of two Type 051C destroyers and two Type 054A frigates plus a supply ship. All this is similar to what the U.S. has long used, which is currently 3-4 destroyers, 1-2 frigates, an SSN (nuclear submarine), and a supply ship. Chinese SSNs are few and not very good, which is why China probably has not assigned one to their escort group.

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30 septembre 2014 2 30 /09 /septembre /2014 16:20
Trail Of Stream

 

9/29/2014 Strategy Page

 

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 24, 2014) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Ragin' Bulls of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson)

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25 septembre 2014 4 25 /09 /septembre /2014 16:35
INS Vishal

INS Vishal

 

 

24.09.2014 par Nina Antakolskaïa -  La Voix de la Russie

 

La marine de guerre indienne rêve d’avoir un porte-avions nucléaire. Le directeur général du Bureau de design naval le vice-amiral Atul Saxena a envisagé à une conférence de presse la possibilité de doter le deuxième IAC d’une installation énergétique.

 

Or, la décision définitive n’est pas encore adoptée. Le nouveau porte-avions ayant reçu le nom Vishal est en voie d’invention.

 

Les responsables de la marine de guerre indienne envisagent trois groupes de porte-avions : dans l’Ouest, dans l’Est et de réserve. La mise en service d’un navire nucléaire est nécessaire pour réaliser les tâches stratégiques fixées devant la flotte, estime le 1er vice-président de l’Académie russe des problèmes géopolitiques Constantine Sivkov :

 

« La construction d’un navire doté d’une installation nucléaire suppose son emploi dans les régions de l’océan mondial éloignées de la base. Si l’Inde entend poursuivre sa politique maritime au-delà de l’océan Indien : dans le Pacifique ou dans l’Atlantique, un tel navire est nécessaire. Si la flotte réalise les opérations exclusivement dans l’océan Indien, on n’a pas besoin d’un tel navire. Qui plus est, en cas d’endommagement au combat, l’installation nucléaire représente un danger sérieux tant pour l’équipage que pour l’environnement ».

 

Les spécialistes étudient l’expérience des pays étrangers, en premier lieu française et britannique. Les navires nucléaires de surface existent aux Etats-Unis. La France a doté d’une installation nucléaire son porte-avions Charles de Gaulle. La Grande-Bretagne a refusé de doter son porte-avions du réacteur nucléaire Queen Elizabeth-2 parce qu’il est très cher.

 

En plus du prix, il faut prendre en considération la construction compliquée des moteurs nucléaires, dit Constantine Sivkov.

 

« Le navire nucléaire de surface ne sera pas construit dans les 10 à 15 ans à venir en Inde parce que les Indiens n’ont pas de technologies nécessaires ».

 

Selon les experts militaires, les Etats nucléaires ont inventé d’abord les installations nucléaires pour la flotte sous-marine et ensuite pour les navires de surface. L’Inde a emprunté cette expérience.

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11 septembre 2014 4 11 /09 /septembre /2014 16:50
BAE starts assembly phase of HMS Prince of Wales

Construction begins on the second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales. Photo BAE Systems.

 

11 September 2014 naval-technology.com

 

BAE Systems has successfully docked the hull sections of the UK Royal Navy's second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, at its Rosyth shipyard, marking the commencement of the carrier's assembly phase.

 

The latest move comes within days of the announcement by the UK Prime Minster David Cameron that HMS Prince of Wales will be commissioned, assuring that Britain would always possess an aircraft carrier, available from 2020.

 

Aircraft Carrier Alliance managing director Ian Booth said: "Every milestone in the carrier programme is hugely significant and the recent announcement that HMS Prince of Wales will enter service means there is a real sense of excitement as we start to bring the second ship together.

 

"Everyone working across the Alliance is incredibly proud of the work undertaken so far, in what is currently one of the biggest engineering projects in the country and we remain focused on delivering both ships to the highest standards."

 

Weighing at 6,000t and 8,000t respectively, both Lower Blocks 02 and 03 will form the distinctive forward hull section and the mid-section of the aircraft carrier's hull respectively.

 

Lower Block 02 will be equipped with machinery spaces, stores and switchboards, while Lower Block 03 will feature 160 cabins and the ship's bakery.

 

Following the anticipated structural completion by July 2016, Prince of Wales will begin sea trials in January 2019, followed by acceptance in August of the same year.

 

In addition, BAE is currently working on outfitting the HMS Queen Elizabeth preparing it for scheduled sea trials in 2016, with scheduled commissioning in 2017.

 

The UK is also investing to transform HM Naval Base Portsmouth as the home port of the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, with work involving dredging the approach and main channels within the harbour, upgrading navigational support and the revamp of several jetties, together with extensive infrastructure enhancements.

 

Delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a joint initiative by BAE Systems, Thales UK, Babcock and the UK Ministry of Defence, both aircraft carriers will be the showpiece of Britain's defence capability for the 21st century.

 

The two 300m-long, 74m-wide and 65,000t vessels will boost sustained operations and ferry an air wing of up to 40 aircraft, as well as offer armed forces with a four-acre military operating base that can travel about 500 miles per day and be deployed anywhere worldwide.

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6 septembre 2014 6 06 /09 /septembre /2014 21:55
À bord du porte-avions Charles de Gaulle

 

5 Septembre 2014 Marine nationale

 

Du catapultage à l'appontage, de l'exercice sécurité au ravitaillement, de la distraction à l'opérationnel, embarquez à bord du porte-avions Charles de Gaulle.

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14 août 2014 4 14 /08 /août /2014 11:20
Navy's Brand New Aircraft Launch System Embarks on Below-Deck Testing

 

Aug 12, 2014 ASDNews Source : Naval Air Systems Command

 

The Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard in Newport News, Virginia is all abuzz as below deck-testing of the Navy’s newest aircraft launch system begins aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

 

Following months of large-scale hardware deliveries containing critical components of the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and shipboard installation by HII, teams from the government and industry partner General Atomics completed installation of the software — the brains of the new system. Below deck-testing began Aug. 11 with the Launch Control Subsystem, the first of many subsystem assessments on the path toward EMALS shipboard certification.    

 

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12 août 2014 2 12 /08 /août /2014 12:35
PLA Navy set to build 10 aircraft carriers

 

2014-08-12 wantchinatimes.com

 

To create its first blue-water navy, China plans to construct a total of 10 domestic aircraft carriers according to the Kanwa Defense Review, a Chinese-language military magazine operated by Andrei Chang also known as Pinkov, a military analyst from Canada.

 

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 07:20
Future Carrier to Feature More Prebuilt Parts

 

August 6, 2014 by Kris Osborn -  defensetech.org

 

The Navy and Newport News Shipbuilding are working on new shipbuilding methods and making early progress with initial construction of the second, next-generation Ford-class aircraft carrier slated to enter service in March 2023 — the John F. Kennedy, or CVN 79.

 

The construction strategy for the Kennedy, which is thus far only 6 percent built, is using a handful of techniques intended to lower costs and call upon lessons learned from the building of the first Ford-class carrier in recent years, the USS Gerald R. Ford. The Ford was christened in November, is now undergoing additional testing and slated to enter service in 2016.

 

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 19:55
Le Charles-de-Gaulle se prépare pour sa revue du 15 août

 

04 août 2014 varmatin.com

 

Pendant plus de trois mois, le navire amiral de la Marine française est resté à quai, à Toulon, pour une escale technique et des opérations de maintenance. Il sera à l’honneur le 15 août

 

Le porte-avions Charles-de-Gaulle a effectué un long « passage au stand », entre le 5 mai et jusqu'à ces derniers jours, afin de réaliser des opérations de maintenance périodiques.

Un entretien qui a permis de contrôler ses installations et systèmes après un cycle d'activités opérationnelles intenses. Il s'agissait également « de garantir, dans la durée, les performances militaires optimales du porte-avions », selon les explications fournies par la Marine nationale.

 

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 16:30
Naval Power Bolsters U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq

 

August 8, 2014 by Kris Osborn - defensetech.org

 

Navy assets deployed to the Persian Gulf are responsible for providing the advanced fire power and weaponry used in targeted U.S. military strikes August 8 against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant artillery positions, Pentagon officials told Military​.com.

Two F/A-18 aircraft dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece near Irbil, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement. ISIL was using this artillery to shell Kurdish forces defending Irbil where U.S. personnel are located, he said.

The fighter jets were launched from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, which has been forward deployed in the region for months.


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17 juillet 2014 4 17 /07 /juillet /2014 15:30
HMS Queen Elizabeth afloat at Rosyth

 

17.07.2014 by Royal Navy

 

Aerial footage of HMS Queen Elizabeth afloat in the tidal basin at Rosyth - video taken by HMS Gannet SAR Flight.

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11 juillet 2014 5 11 /07 /juillet /2014 07:20
USS Bush - photo Marine Nationale

USS Bush - photo Marine Nationale

 

July 10, 2014 informationdissemination.net

 

Bryan McGrath and Robert Farely recently conducted an online debate on what constitutes an "aircraft carrier" in the early 21st century. McGrath rightly described the current big deck flattop as "a single combat system" equipped to conduct a multiplicity of activities beyond mere strike operations. These include airborne early warning (AEW), antisubmarine warfare (ASW), and means of countering enemy aircraft and surface to air missiles (SAM's). McGrath also identifies these requirements and a host of others that enable the independent operations expected of U.S. carriers as the principal drivers of large carrier size and cost. Robert Farley believes large amphibious assault ships of the LHD (Essex) and LHA (America) classes ought to also be included on the carrier rolls with perhaps the designation of "light carrier". He asserts that these ships can perform some of the roles of larger carriers when equipped with strike aircraft such as the current AV-8B Harrier and the incoming F-35 Lighting aircraft. As McGrath stated, the amphibious assault ship carrier cannot perform the the sort of independent operations expected of true flattops, but there may yet be a role for Farley's "light carrier" concept. Significant changes in strategic geography now allow both variants to operate in the regions best suited to their capabilities. The history of carrier development in the period between the world wars and combat in the Second World War also point to geographic assignment of different carrier types. The U.S. can maintain its nearly all of its present carrier fleet, conduct a significant rebalance to the Pacific of capital ships, and still retain the ability to operate naval aviation in the western Eurasian littorals.

 

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7 juillet 2014 1 07 /07 /juillet /2014 13:50
History of the Aircraft Carrier and the construction of HMS Queen Elizabeth

 

07.07.2014 Royal Navy

 

This dramatic video demonstrates how the different blocks of the new Aircraft Carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, were shipped from various parts of the UK and then put together in Rosyth,

 

It gives you an insight on how precisely made each block had to be and the enormous effort that went it making sure they fit together and amazing engineering that went into this feat.

 

The video also gives you a history of British aircraft carriers throughout history and the original concept behind them ranging from the original flying of a bi plane from the deck of an adapted Battleship by Lt Charles Samson on the 10th January 1912 and the first aircraft carrier to be built in 1918 (HMS Argus) to the carrier today.

 

This video was shown to Her Majesty The Queen and other guests at the HMS Queen Elizabeth naming ceremony on the 4th July 2014.

 

You can find more information about the carrier on our website: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/features/equipped-for-the-future

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7 juillet 2014 1 07 /07 /juillet /2014 12:50
We have the centrepiece…but what about the rest of the board?

 

4th July 2014  – by Alexander Clarke *   - europeangeostrategy.org

 

The game of chess is played with both players having sixteen pieces, of which eight on each side are pawns. Pawns are often the most undervalued of all pieces, but as Anatoly Karpov once said ‘pawns not only create the sketch for the whole painting, they are also the soil, the foundation, of any position’. The Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers will be the Queens of British strategy for most likely the next four to five decades. However, that strategy may evolve to deal with potential threats/situations which will arise over a far longer period of time. The trouble is that security, much like the game of chess, requires more than just Queens.

This is the problem for many navies in the modern world, including the United States Navy (USN), but for Britain, for the Royal Navy (RN), it is particularly acute. Gone are the Harriers, which leaving aside their operating from the Invincible-class carriers (that have been the most versatile pillar of Britain’s global reach capability for more than three decades), which would have operated from the Queen Elizabeths until the F35Bs were ready for service. This decision though is in the past. Short-termist it was, but it is not the only decision that was; and Britain has not been alone in making such decisions. The fact is democracies, Western ones especially, seem to have developed blinkers when it comes to conceiving of problems beyond the next election cycle. This is possibly because the political leaders fear public reaction to what might be required, but more likely it reflects a fear of their ability to sell the need for such things to a taxpaying public that in the modern 24-hour news cycle seems to consume information in ever smaller chunks.

Therefore while the economic crisis is starting to recede (although the joy of ‘boom and bust’ means there is another around the corner), nations are going to have to live with the decisions made in times of crisis for many years to come.

This is the problem for strategists, and for those looking after a nation’s security; they know the threats, they know what is needed – a ship may be twenty times better than a vessel in its predecessor class, but it can still only be in one place at a time. The same goes for planes, for tanks, for troops. Britain has equipped itself with an excellent, First Rate expeditionary aircraft carrier, but it is without fighters that can fly from it; it has six of the world’s best destroyers, yet they were not fitted with vital communications equipment or land attack missile capability; it has built some of the most complex and advanced submarines ever conceived, and is conceiving what could be a brilliantly versatile frigate class. The RN will be fielding some of the best First Rate vessels of any nation. The problem is that this is what all Western nations are doing and it is another trap, perhaps even worse than that posed by the election cycle.

Building the best and fielding only the best; it is arguable that Admiral Fisher started this habit when he was First Sea Lord and got rid of so many of Britain’s gunboats in order to provide manpower for his first rate Dreadnought Battleships of the Grand Fleet. Today it has led to navies, with Queens, with Rooks, with Bishops and Knights, but without Pawns; only First Rate ships are built and there are no cheap frigates or corvettes – that is the biggest problem. Without them there is no real chance for the presence that can alert, and even deter minor conflicts; allowing the First Rates to be saved for when they are really needed. The worst thing about all this, is that governments know there is the problem; the Black Swan concept was envisaged by the British Ministry of Defence/RN as the solution to the problem in 2012, but two years later the closest Britain has got to a small/affordable escort is the order for three new River-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).

 

* Dr. Alexander Clarke recently finished his PhD on British Naval Aviation in the 1920-1930s at the War Studies Department, King’s College London. He writes here in a personal capacity.

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6 juillet 2014 7 06 /07 /juillet /2014 11:50
HMS Queen Elizabeth Time-lapse

 

04.07.2014 BAE Systems

 

Watch HMS Queen Elizabeth take shape

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