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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:56 am 
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Too bad the RN Fleet Air Arm has to wait until the end of this year just to put these F35Bs on the CVFs:

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The Ministry of Defence say the first 9 of the UK’s currently 15 strong F-35B fleet will arrive at RAF Marham in Summer.

It is understood that the jets will be supported on the move by Voyager tankers.


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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 10:33 am 
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The new Italian LHD design also has two island superstructures.

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Why does HMS Queen Elizabeth have two islands?
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May 24, 2018

HMS Queen Elizabeth and her sister ship are attracting a lot of attention and one of the most common questions is, why does she have two islands?

Instead of a traditional single island, the carrier has two smaller islands. The forward island is for ship control functions and the aft (FLYCO) island is for flying control.

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A belated post from earlier this week:

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Supercarrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to sail for the second phase of her helicopter trials tomorrow.

After these trials the vessel will sail back into Portsmouth and then she will sail for the United States for F-35 trials in Autumn.

Recently we reported that the first jets that will perform F-35 trials on-board HMS Queen Elizabeth will be mostly American owned aircraft but flown by British pilots.

The aircraft that will be landing on the supercarrier will belong to the Joint Operational Test team. The team’s mission is to build confidence in the aircraft towards helping clear the F-35 to make the legally mandated advance from Low Rate Initial Production to Full Rate Production. The RAF’s No 17 (Reserve) Test and Evaluation Squadron comprises ten percent of the test program in the JOTT we understand.

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This follows the F35Bs arrival on the CVF very recently as detailed in this other thread.


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HMS Queen Elizabeth welcomes US Navy heavyweights on flight trials
After welcoming her first F-35B fighter jets on the flight deck as part of first-of-class flight trials, the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth recently welcomed two US Navy helicopter heavyweights on the deck.
The first to land was the United States Navy’s biggest helicopter – the MH-53E Sea Dragon, followed closely by the MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.
Flight trials for the jets are ongoing off the east coast of the United States, where the 65,000-ton warship is currently on a deployment called Westlant 18.
The helicopters’ visit gave Queen Elizabeth’s aircraft handlers the opportunity to work with the US aircraft and means they can now operate from the British carrier.

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Apparently I overlooked the news of the launching of the 2nd in this class as well before this...

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Aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales fires up engine for first time
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Engineers aboard HMS Prince of Wales have turned on the diesel generators for the first time, say the Royal Navy.
The Royal Navy say that the vessel has four Wärtsilä diesel generators, each capable of producing more than 11 Megawatts of power, enough to support a town of 25,000 people.
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The feuding between the RAF and RN over F35s continues:

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Royal Navy and RAF locked in dogfight over new jets that cannot fly from warships
Sources tell Sky News that senior RAF officers are pushing for a version of a supersonic warplane that can only fly from land.

16:36, UK, Saturday 01 December 2018
By Deborah Haynes, foreign affairs editor
Britain risks reducing the fighting power of two new aircraft carriers and damaging ties with the United States because of a row over jets, defence sources have warned.
Two sources, who are close to the Royal Navy, accused senior Royal Air Force officers of privately pushing for a version of a supersonic warplane that can only fly from the land to be included in an initial purchase of 48 F-35 Lightning II jets, instead of them all being able to operate from ships at sea.
They said any cut in the number of next generation F-35 aircraft that can take off and land from HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales would be a huge mistake, shrinking the size of the squadrons each £3bn carrier will be equipped to carry in the coming years.
"This will completely undermine … the whole carrier programme," one source told Sky News.
"There is no operational reason whatsoever for the RAF to have the A [land-based] variant [of the F-35]. If it can't fly from an aircraft carrier it shouldn't be purchased."
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Another belated update from last week:

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Britain’s new aircraft carrier springs a leak — again
By: Andrew Chuter   July 10
LONDON — Britain’s new aircraft carrier has returned to its base early after the warship developed a leak during sea trials.

The 65,000-ton HMS Queen Elizabeth was due to return to its base at Portsmouth, southern England, later this week after five weeks of trials and training. But trials were terminated when water flooded a compartment Tuesday on the £3.1 billion (U.S. $3.9 billion) warship — the first of two carriers being built for the Royal Navy.

The cause of the leak is unclear, but one report said a high-pressure seawater pipe ruptured, letting in more than 200 tons of water.

The Ministry of Defence said it didn’t recognize the 200-ton figure. A spokesperson for the ministry described the leak as a “minor issue with an internal system.”(...SNIPPED)

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HMS Queen Elizabeth will soon embark 7 UK-owned F35Bs.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth sails for the US where she will embark UK-owned Jets for the first time
HMS Queen Elizabeth sails from Portsmouth today for the Westlant19 deployment, taking another step towards achieving full operational capability. Here we look in some detail at the plans for her trip to the US and her future programme.
Last week we went on board QE for a briefing with senior officers. Later Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the new Minister for Defence Procurement, made a statement on how the QEC carriers contribute to UK defence and the economy as a whole.
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QE will be joined on the deployment by the destroyer HMS Dragon, the frigate HMS Northumberland and will be supported by tanker RFA Tideforce. 7 UK F-35B jets flown by RN and RAF pilots will fly on to the ship when she is on the eastern seaboard of the US. The jets and personnel will be drawn from the UK squadrons; the operational squadron (617 Sqn), the operational conversion unit (207 Sqn) and the test and evaluation squadron (17 Sqn based in California).
The UK-owned aircraft based at RAF Marham will not embark while the ship is in UK waters, instead, they will cross the Atlantic (using Air-Air Refuelling) for temporary basing on a US east coast airfield before joining QE, probably in the second week of October. The reason is that the landings will be these pilots’ first deck landings and ideal weather conditions are needed, with a diversionary airfield close by. Additionally, the jets only need to be embarked for the 5-week flight trials period, rather than the whole deployment.The British jets will be supplemented by up to 4 additional USMC F-35B aircraft. 9 rotary-wing aircraft, Merlin Mk2, Mk4, and Wildcat will be embarked on the carrier or her escorts. All UK military helicopters, except the ageing Puma, have now been certified for QEC carrier operations.
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The first CVF visits Canada's East Coast:

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Newest British aircraft carrier to visit Halifax
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The Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth . - L(Phot) Dave Jenkins / Royal Navy
The U.K.’s newest aircraft carrier is coming to Halifax.
HMS Queen Elizabeth will be visiting the port city en route to the United States eastern seaboard where it will be conducting trial flights of its new vertical takeoff and landing F-35B fighter planes.
The $3-billion aircraft carrier was commissioned in 2017. It left Portsmouth Aug. 30 and is expected to be in Halifax in two weeks.
Its arrival will coincide with Exercise Cutlass Fury 2019. The maritime war games involving ships from eight NATO countries will take place from Sept. 9 to 20.
“Some of the escort ships from the carrier strike group will be participating in Cutlass Fury but I’m not sure if HMS Queen Elizabeth will be,” said Rachel Epstein, spokeswoman for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:11 pm 
One DD and one FF seems to be a very skimpy escort force. Why were the F-35s not embarked in British waters but have to be flown to the US?


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