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6 octobre 2015 2 06 /10 /octobre /2015 16:50
Artisan 3D fitting to HMS Queen Elizabeth


6 oct. 2015 by BAE Systems

 

Our cutting-edge 3D radar system, capable of detecting objects as small as a tennis ball and travelling at three times the speed of sound more than 25Km away, has been successfully installed to the Royal Navy’s future aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.

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1 septembre 2015 2 01 /09 /septembre /2015 16:50
HMS Queen Elizabeth - photo QEC

HMS Queen Elizabeth - photo QEC


source Royal Navy
 

HMS Queen Elizabeth begins tracking aircraft as she flashes up her radar

Turning and burning’ for the first time, this is the long range radar of Britain’s flagship of tomorrow.

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Rain-full skies for Artful as Navy’s newest submarine debuts in Faslane

A traditional Faslane welcome – rain, cloud – greeted the newest war machine in the Royal Navy’s arsenal.

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MADE IN THE ROYAL NAVY

See how Shantel took her cooking skills to the next level, exploring new cuisines and the world. The latest video in our Made in the Royal Navy series gives you a little taster of what it’s like to be a chef in the Royal Navy.

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JOB OF THE MONTH: ENGINEERING TECHICIAN (MARINE SUBMARINER)

A crucial member of a close-knit and professional crew, you’ll be responsible for maintenance on your submarine’s vital systems, from air and water purification to the nuclear reactor itself. You’ll also be trained to operate engines, power-generation equipment and the nuclear reactor. When the submarine goes into action, you’ll be part of a damage-control and firefighting team. When you’re not at sea, you could be working hands-on at a fleet maintenance unit, or helping to plan maintenance schedules for the entire Submarine Service. Wherever you’re serving, you’ll be part of an elite fighting force, respected throughout the Royal Navy and beyond.

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1 décembre 2014 1 01 /12 /décembre /2014 08:52
Ministry of Defence clarify Queen Elizabeth class carrier F-35 plans

 

November 30, 2014 by George Allison · ukdefencejournal.org.uk

 

The Ministry of Defence have clarified the details surrounding the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers and their complement of F-35B strike aircraft.

 

There has been speculation in the media that there has been a change in the delivery programme for the F-35B that may result in delays to the roll out of the UK’s Carrier Strike capability – and that, in an operational emergency, US jets may fly from the Carriers until the UK F35 fleet is ready.

 

    This is not the case. It was always the intention to take a phased approach to ordering F35.

 

    We are fully committed to both the F35 and the Queen Elizabeth Carrier programmes -both of which are on track to enter initial maritime operating capability in December 2020 as planned.

 

    We expect Queen Elizabeth carrier to commence sea trials in 2017, and have been clear that UK F35 aircraft will be used for first of class flying trials in 2018.

 

    Our relationship with the US is mutually beneficial and we share a sense of common purpose. In 2012 we signed an agreement to enhance cooperation on carrier operations. Indeed, UK pilots have already flown from US ships in preparation for UK carrier operations.

 

It is our hope that by publishing this, we raise awareness of the nonsense typical of defence journalism in the mainstream media.

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1 décembre 2014 1 01 /12 /décembre /2014 08:50
Des avions de chasse américains sur le futur porte-avions britannique ?

 

28 novembre 2014. Portail des Sous-Marins

 

La Royal Navy pourrait demander à des escadrilles américaines d’utiliser son futur porte-avions, suite à des retards de livraison de ses chasseurs F-35 B.

 

Des sources au sein du ministère britannique de la défense expliquent que l’US Marine Corps se verrait proposer d’utiliser le HMS Queen Elizabeth.

 

La Grande-Bretagne prévoit que sa première escadrille de F-35 soit opérationnelle en 2018, mais selon la BBC, des retards sont prévisibles. Le ministère ne dit être informé d’aucun retard.

 

L’objectif est qu’une escadrille de F-35 britanniques soit opérationnelle en 2021. Mais il s’écoulera au moins 3 ans entre la mise en service du Queen Elizabeth (2018) et celle des escadrilles de F-35.

 

La commande des 14 premiers chasseurs devait intervenir en février. Mais des doutes persistants sur la fiabilité du logiciel et un incendie de moteur ont retardé la décision. Le mois dernier, la Grande-Bretagne a finalement annoncé sa première commande, mais elle ne portait que sur seulement 4 avions, juste de quoi effectuer les essais du Queen Elizabeth, « avec des F-35 B britanniques, pilotés par des pilotes britanniques. »

 

Après les élections générales en 2015, une nouvelle revue de défense devrait être lancée. Les 2 porte-avions devraient faire l’objet d’une attention particulière.

 

De nombreuses décisions ont été bloquées en attendant le résultat de la revue, comme par exemple les moyens de communication.

 

Référence : BBC News

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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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8 juillet 2014 2 08 /07 /juillet /2014 12:50
Crédits : Royal Navy

Crédits : Royal Navy

 

7 Juillet 2014 Source : Marine nationale

 

A l’invitation du First Sea Lord (FSL), son homologue britannique, l’Admiral Sir Zambellas, l’amiral Rogel a assisté vendredi 4 juillet à Edimbourg, à la cérémonie de baptême par la Reine du HMS Queen Elizabeth.

 

Avec ses 280 mètres de long et ses quelque 70000 tonnes de déplacement pleine charge ce bâtiment est le plus grand bâtiment de l’histoire de la Royal Navy. A l’aune des années 2020, ce porte-aéronef et son groupe aérien embarqué, constitué de F-35B, se substitueront aux bâtiments de la classe Invincible et leurs Harrier, renouvelant ainsi la capacité de projection de puissance de la marine britannique.

 

Le baptême de ce bâtiment représente une étape essentielle de la montée en puissance de l’un des piliers du traité de Lancaster House entre la Grande Bretagne et la France, l’initiative du lancement d’un « Carrier Strike Group », assurant la disponibilité permanente d’un groupe aéronaval pour la défense de nos intérêts communs.

 

« A l’horizon 2020 nous travaillons à la mise à disposition d’un groupe aéronaval commun, constitué autour d’un porte-avions et de son groupe aérien qui pourront être alternativement fourni par la France et la Grande-Bretagne. C’est un projet ambitieux mais qui présente de nombreux avantages, pour nous comme pour nos alliés », déclarait dernièrement l’amiral Rogel au cours d’une interview croisée avec le FSL publiée dans Cols Bleus.

 

Le CEMM à la cérémonie de mise à l’eau du HMS Queen ElisabethLe CEMM à la cérémonie de mise à l’eau du HMS Queen Elisabeth

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7 juillet 2014 1 07 /07 /juillet /2014 16:50
HMS Queen Elizabeth - The Future of the Royal Navy


7 juil. 2014 Royal Navy

 

This powerful video demonstrates the capabilities and effectiveness of the new Queen Elizabeth class carriers demonstrating, via amazing CGI, the workings of the carriers and the F35 Fighters.

The First Sea Lord talks about the incredible journey that the construction and original concept of the carriers has taken and what the carriers mean to the future of the Royal Navy.

The British Army and the RAF also talk about what carriers mean to them and the important role they will play in the future of defence.

These highly advanced ships will have a huge variety of roles that she will be able to perform when the first ship launches and the amazing technology that has been built into them to put them at the fore-front of the Fleet. They really will be the Jewel in the Crown of the Royal Navy.

This stunning video was show to her Majesty the Queen and other guests at the amazing naming ceremony on the 4th July.

You can find further information about the new carriers on our website: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-...

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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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5 juillet 2014 6 05 /07 /juillet /2014 11:50
HMS Queen Elizabeth Naming Ceremony

 

04.07.201 British Forces News

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5 juillet 2014 6 05 /07 /juillet /2014 11:50
HMS Queen Elizabeth Overview Part1 - by @BAESystemsplc

 

04.07.2014 BAE Systems

 

An overview of the HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier and the journey so far

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4 juillet 2014 5 04 /07 /juillet /2014 16:50
HMS Queen Elizabeth CGI Ship Tour

 

 

04.07.2014 BAE Systems

 

Take an animated tour of the HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carriers and understand the role they will play in the Royal Navy

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4 juillet 2014 5 04 /07 /juillet /2014 11:50
HMS Queen Elizabeth Facts

 

04.07.2014 Defence Headquarters

 

As the carrier is named today, find out more about this feat of British engineering.

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3 juillet 2014 4 03 /07 /juillet /2014 16:50
Industry leaders gather to celebrate Royal Navy's new carrier

HMS Queen Elizabeth at the dockyard in Rosyth - Picture Aircraft Carrier Alliance

 

2 July 2014 Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment and Support and The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP

 

The Defence Secretary has thanked the defence industry for their help in building the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier.


 

Speaking at an event ahead of the HMS Queen Elizabeth naming ceremony this Friday, Philip Hammond told more than 200 business leaders that the sector should be proud of its work on the biggest ship ever built for the Royal Navy. HMS Queen Elizabeth is also the biggest ship in Europe and the largest outside the US fleet.

In his speech to the Institute of Directors, the Defence Secretary thanked the tens of thousands of workers who have been involved in constructing the aircraft carrier at shipyards and companies across the UK.

The 65,000-tonne vessel will be christened this week by Her Majesty The Queen during a ceremony at the dockyard in Rosyth, near Edinburgh, where she has been assembled.

HMS Queen Elizabeth under construction at Rosyth dockyard
HMS Queen Elizabeth under construction at Rosyth dockyard in Scotland (library image) [Picture: Andrew Linnett, Crown copyright]

Mr Hammond said:

The engineers, designers, steel-cutters, welders, plumbers, electricians, software writers and the many other trades that are required to build complex warships, from Rosyth to Appledore, from the banks of the Clyde to the shores of the Solent; together they have demonstrated what a united Britain can accomplish.

As a warship in service, she will not just be a military capability but a giant floating advertisement for the high calibre of Britain’s manufacturing and industrial base. The Queen Elizabeth will demonstrate that not only can we punch above our weight militarily, but also that we have the skills and ingenuity in this country to rival any in the world.

For half-a-century, she will be an enduring symbol of our commitment to play a leading role on the global stage. Those who have worked on this great vessel should take great pride. They have not just built a new flagship of the Royal Navy, but a flagship for the nation.

The forward island section of HMS Queen Elizabeth leaving Portsmouth Naval Base
The forward island section of HMS Queen Elizabeth leaving Portsmouth Naval Base (library image) [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Dave Jenkins, Crown copyright]

During the event, the first commanding officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth, Captain Jerry Kyd, was presented with a bottle of Scottish whisky that will be used to christen the vessel on Friday.

The bottle of Islay malt whisky, from the first distillery the Queen visited in 1981, will replace the more traditional champagne, reflecting the fact that the ship has been assembled in Scotland.

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30 juin 2014 1 30 /06 /juin /2014 17:50
Warfare Dept on board HMS Queen Elizabeth

 

30.06.2014 Royal Navy

 

Here is a short video showing you around the the Warfare Department on board HMS Queen Eliabeth.

The naming ceremony will take place this Friday the 4th July if you want to find out more about HMS Queen Elizabeth visit her feature page on our website http://ow.ly/yBh6h

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26 juin 2014 4 26 /06 /juin /2014 11:50
Tour around the Air Engineering Dept on HMS Queen Elizabeth


25 juin 2014 Royal Navy

 

Here is a video giving you a short tour around the Air Engineering Department on board HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first in her class.

Her naming ceremony takes place on the 4th July and is a Naval tradition dating back hundreds of years.

For more information about HMS Queen Elizabeth visit our feature page

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11 juin 2014 3 11 /06 /juin /2014 18:50
Exploring HMS Queen Elizabeth - video

11 juin 2014 Royal Navy

 

Would you like a tour of HMS Queen Elizabeth? Well this video gives you that tour with a intriguing look at some of the departments on board and what their role will be on the new carrier.

If you have any questions after watching this video and you want to know more why not ask the current Commanding Officer of the ship, Captain Simon Petitt.

On Monday the 16 June between 1pm and 2pm the Captain will be available to answer your questions on our twitter channel @RoyalNavy.

Look out for #asktheCo and have your questions ready!

If you wish to find out more about HMS Queen Elizabeth visit her feature page

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1 avril 2014 2 01 /04 /avril /2014 07:50
Inside HMS Queen Elizabeth

 

As the 100 day countdown begins the Daily Telegraph have released a video well worth watching

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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 17:50
100 days to go until new aircraft carrier is named

The Queen Elizabeth at the shipyard in Rosyth (library image) [Picture: Aircraft Carrier Alliance]

 

26 March 2014 Ministry of Defence and Defence Equipment and Support

 

The 100-day countdown to the naming of the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier has begun.



oday, 26 March, marks 100 days to go until the historic event and major milestone in the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier programme.

The Queen Elizabeth will be officially named by Her Majesty The Queen in a ceremony at Rosyth on Friday 4 July. The naming of the carrier comes 5 years after the first steel was cut on the ship and only 33 months since the first section entered the dry dock at Rosyth marking the start of her assembly.

Ian Booth, Queen Elizabeth (QE) Class programme director at the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, said:

The excitement around the naming of the Queen Elizabeth continues to grow and the daily countdown will undoubtedly add further momentum to this. We’re working hard to prepare the ship and plan the celebrations which will mark this significant phase in the programme to deliver the nation’s flagships.

Getting to this point is testament to the hard work and commitment of everyone involved in the programme, from the teams across the Aircraft Carrier Alliance to our suppliers in every region of the country.

Computer-generated image of a Queen Elizabeth Class carrier
Computer-generated image of a Queen Elizabeth Class carrier alongside a Type 45 destroyer at sea (library image) [Picture: Aircraft Carrier Alliance]

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:

The naming ceremony in July will be a significant step forward for the Royal Navy and industry who have been working hard to make sure HMS Queen Elizabeth is on track to deliver carrier strike capability by 2020.

Combined with the Lightning II aircraft, the QE Class will bolster the Royal Navy’s ability to project power across the world and there is a lot of excitement about the ship nearing completion after years of hard work by thousands of highly skilled workers.

With the vessel now structurally complete, outfitting work continues on the carrier in the lead up to her naming and subsequent ‘flood up’, which will take place in mid-July. Meanwhile, work continues on sections of Queen Elizabeth’s sister ship, the Prince of Wales, at sites across the UK, with assembly at Rosyth beginning later this year.

The Queen Elizabeth at the shipyard in Rosyth
The Queen Elizabeth at the shipyard in Rosyth (library image) [Picture: Aircraft Carrier Alliance]

The aircraft carriers Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales are being delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a unique partnering relationship between BAE Systems, Thales UK, Babcock and the Ministry of Defence.

The QE Class will be the centrepiece of Britain’s defence capability for the 21st century. Each 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier will provide the armed forces with a 4-acre military operating base which can be deployed worldwide operating Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II jets and a number of types of helicopter.

The carriers will be versatile enough to be used across the full spectrum of military activity from war-fighting to providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

Join in the conversation and countdown on Twitter @QEClassCarriers, and follow the programme’s progress on the Aircraft Carrier Alliance website.

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29 novembre 2013 5 29 /11 /novembre /2013 17:50
HMS Queen Elizabeth being fitted with main radar. Photo Aircraft Carrier Alliance

HMS Queen Elizabeth being fitted with main radar. Photo Aircraft Carrier Alliance

 

29 November 2013 naval-technology.com

 

The UK Royal Navy's new Queen Elizabeth-class (QE) aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has been fitted with large long range radar.

 

With the installation of main radar antenna onto the forward island, the aircraft carrier's main structure blocks are now in place.

 

Designed to provide a three dimensional and long-range picture, the radar can track up to 1,000 contacts up to a range of 400km away from the vessel.

 

Recently, HMS Queen Elizabeth has been fitted with final ramp section of the flight deck, at the Rosyth shipyard, Scotland.

 

The 64m-long and 13m-wide ramp section, which will allow jet aircraft to take off from the ship, is the final exterior piece of the aircraft carrier to be integrated.

 

Queen Elizabeth-class carriers will have a full-load displacement capacity of 65,000t, an operational range of 10,000nm and can carry up to 40 aircraft.

"The radar can track up to 1,000 contacts up to a range of 400km away."

 

Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA), a joint venture between Babcock Thales, BAE Systems and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), is constructing these two new aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince Of Wales.

 

Powered by two Rolls-Royce Marine 36MW MT30 gas turbine alternators, the carriers can accommodate a crew of 1,200, including an aircrew of 600.

 

Expected to be structurally complete next year, HMS Queen Elizabeth is scheduled to commence sea trials in 2017, followed by Lightning II aircraft flight trials in 2018.

 

HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince Of Wales are expected to be operational with the Royal Navy in 2016 and 2018 respectively, replacing the Invincible-class vessels.

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12 novembre 2013 2 12 /11 /novembre /2013 18:50
A New Queen is Shaping Up at the Dockyard

The forward ramp section in place on the Queen Elizabeth at the shipyard in Rosyth (Photo: Aircraft Carrier Alliance)

 

November 12, 2013 defense-update.com

 

Pictures released by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance yesterday show the ramp section, which will allow jet aircraft to take off from the ship, being lowered into place at the shipyard in Rosyth, Scotland, where the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers are being constructed.

 

The 300-tonne section of ramp, which is 64 metres long and 13 metres wide, is the final exterior piece of the aircraft carrier to be fitted. At its highest point, the take-off ramp is 6 metres above the flight deck, which will allow aircraft to be propelled into the air.

 

The pictures come on the same day as MOD announces that a fourth Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft has been ordered from Lockheed Martin. The UK has already taken delivery of 3 Lightning II jets and Royal Navy and RAF pilots are training on the aircraft in the USA.

 

This fourth jet, which is specially designed to be a test aircraft, will help boost the ongoing training available.

 

Earlier this year, the first take-off at sea by a UK pilot in a Lightning II took place during a week of trials aboard the United States Marine Corps’ amphibious assault ship USS Wasp.

 

“We are on track to ensuring carrier strike capability by 2020. Both the completion of the take-off ramp and the announcement of the contract for the fourth jet show the tremendous progress being made to ensure that the Royal Navy will have a modern carrier force.” Philip Dunne, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology confirmed.

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15 octobre 2013 2 15 /10 /octobre /2013 16:50
MOD seeks ideas to preserve HMS Illustrious

HMS Illustrious approaches Glen Mallan (library image) [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Keith Morgan, Crown copyright]

 

15 October 2013 Ministry of Defence

 

MOD is looking for ideas on how best to preserve the legacy of the Royal Navy's Invincible Class aircraft carriers.


 

The last of the ships, HMS Illustrious, is due to retire in late 2014 after 32 years of distinguished service that has seen her involved in operations around the world.

Following the announcement last year that the 22,000-tonne ship will be preserved in some form, MOD is now inviting private companies, charities and trusts who are interested in buying her to come forward with ideas for her future use.

HMS Illustrious is currently the UK’s high readiness helicopter and commando carrier, able to deploy Merlin, Chinook, Sea King, Lynx or Apache helicopters. She is currently in the Mediterranean as part of the Royal Navy’s Cougar 13 deployment of the UK’s Response Force Task Group.

The ship, which is 210 metres long, the equivalent of 18 double-decker buses, was involved in the First Gulf War and the conflict in Afghanistan in 2001, and supported evacuations from Sierra Leone in 2000 and Lebanon in 2006.

HMS Illustrious alongside at Portsmouth
HMS Illustrious alongside at Portsmouth Naval Base (library image) [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Paul A'Barrow, Crown copyright]

MOD wants HMS Illustrious to remain in the UK and bids for her future use must be viable and include plans for part or all of the ship to be developed for heritage purposes.

The Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Philip Dunne, said:

HMS Illustrious, like her 2 sister ships Invincible and Ark Royal, has provided an invaluable service to this country over more than 3 decades. This competition will provide the opportunity for organisations to put forward innovative and viable proposals to honour the role and history of this iconic class of ship and all those who served on board them.

Once proposals are received, an industry day will be held next year to discuss the ideas further. It is expected a final decision will be made after the ship is decommissioned and handed over to the Disposal Services Authority.

The UK’s new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, which will replace the Invincible Class ships, are currently under construction. HMS Queen Elizabeth, which is almost complete, will begin sea trials in 2017 before undertaking flight trials with the F-35 Lightning II aircraft in 2018.

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3 octobre 2013 4 03 /10 /octobre /2013 16:50
HMS Queen Elizabeth flight deck completed

The Goliath crane lifts one of the flight deck sections into place on the Queen Elizabeth [Picture: Crown copyright]

 

3 October 2013 Ministry of Defence and Defence Equipment and Support

 

The flight deck of the first of the Navy's new aircraft carriers is now finished, with the last 2 sections added to HMS Queen Elizabeth.


 

The sponsons, each weighing just under 500 tonnes, roughly the same as a Sandown Class minehunter, have been carefully inched into place in Rosyth in Scotland.

The mighty Goliath crane lifted the sponsons – the sections protruding from the hull which give an aircraft carrier its unique shape – to join the remainder of the ship in her dry dock.

By the standards of the Queen Elizabeth, the segments are relatively small; the larger sections weighed in at more than 10,000 tonnes (heavier than a Type 45 destroyer).

Now physically complete the flight deck is the size of 60 tennis courts or just a bit smaller than 3 football pitches.

To accommodate the F-35 Lightning II jets, which will land and take off from the ship, a ski ramp will be installed next month – mirroring the feature which propelled the Harrier skywards on the Invincible Class of carriers.

The Goliath crane lifts one of the flight deck sections into place
The Goliath crane lifts one of the flight deck sections into place on the Queen Elizabeth [Picture: Crown copyright]

The Queen Elizabeth Class project is probably at the peak of effort, with around 10,000 people involved in building the 2 leviathans, or providing equipment and systems to be installed on them.

While almost all the media attention is focused on the future flagship, there’s also an all-out effort across the land to build her younger sister, the Prince of Wales, which is around 2 years behind Queen Elizabeth.

Sections of 3-quarters of the Prince of Wales’s hull are under construction in Portsmouth, Govan, Merseyside and Tyneside.

The 65,000-tonne Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers will be based in Portsmouth and will be the centrepiece of the UK’s military capability.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to begin sea trials in 2017 and flight trials from her deck using Lightning II fast jets in 2018.

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8 mai 2013 3 08 /05 /mai /2013 11:50
Bridge Section of HMS Queen Elizabeth Put into Place

The 700 tonne navigation bridge of the future aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is lowered into place at Rosyth Shipyard in Scotland.

The construction of the Royal Navy’s new Aircraft Carrier took a huge step forward, as the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond MP witnessed the installation of the ship’s navigation bridge.

Nearly two thirds of the ship has now been built and the structure is due to be completed by the end of this year. The Carrier is then expected to leave the dockyard in 2014 before beginning her sea trials with the Royal Navy.

The forward island fitted houses the bridge where the captain and navigation crew will operate. The enormous steel section was built in Portsmouth and transported by barge to Fife, where the Carriers are being assembled. Both HMS Queen Elizabeth and her sister ship HMS Prince of Wales will have two island sections which will provide independent control of navigation and air traffic control operations.

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