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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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The new Italian LHD design also has two island superstructures.

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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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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
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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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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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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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The UK's newest aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, has set sail from the Firth of Forth.
One of the largest vessels to be operated by the Royal Navy, it is to begin its initial sea trials.
The ship has been built to operate F35B Lightning II Joint Strike fighter jets.
Its sister ship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, was completed two years ago. It is currently crossing the Atlantic to begin operational trials with fighter aircraft in the USA.

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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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To answer your question (however belatedly with this article from just yesterday), the F35s were first delivered to a British unit stateside for training and familiarization over a number of years, which is why they will only be embarked on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time this month, as reported below:


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First UK fighter jets land onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth
Pictures released by the MOD show UK F-35 Lightning jets landing, taking off and hovering onboard Britain’s next generation aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time.
Published 13 October 2019
From: Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP
Flown by Royal Navy and Royal Air Force pilots, the Lightning jets are embarking in the 65,000 tonne carrier to conduct operational trials off the East Coast of the USA.
This follows successful developmental trials last year with US Lightning jets, where forces conducted 500 take offs and landings over their 11-week period at sea.
These trials are aimed at ‘end-to-end’ testing of the aircraft and personnel to ensure the aircraft are compatible with the carrier. The tests involve mission planning, arming the aircraft using the ship’s Highly Automated Weapon Handling System, flying missions and debriefing on completion.
The landings on HMS Queen Elizabeth are part of the ‘WESTLANT 19’ Carrier Strike Group deployment. Once fully operational, UK Carrier Strike Group will be a formidable force around the world, using a number of platforms to work alongside our allies.
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HMS Queen Elizabeth's "bombheads" heralding the return of the fixed-wing/strike groups of the Fleet Air Arm\1!!!!!!!!!!


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UK F-35B tests “beast mode” loadout
Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently undergoing extensive F-35B flight trials with the aim of determining the operational limits of both the ship and the fifth-generation stealth jets it is poised to operate.
One of the trial evolutions included loading one of the jets with weaponry it would typically carry on a strike mission: 22,000lb of destructive and defensive power.
In this case the ‘bombheads’ on HMS Queen Elizabeth – red-surcout-wearing air engineer technicians – loaded inert Paveway laser-guided bombs and ASRAAM air-to-air missiles (for taking out aerial threats) on to the external pylons and bomb bay.
Fully-loaded, it’s known as “beast mode” by crews because of the firepower it delivers – nearly three times more than a Harrier, twice as much as a WW2 Lancaster heavy bomber.
To keep numbers of personnel on board the ship to a minimum, most of the process of getting the firepower from the magazines in the bowels of the 65,000-tonne warship to the flight deck is automated.
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I hope they have a manual backup! There is a reason that no other ship has ever had this amount of automation for its weapon handling and that is: if you have enough people then they are always available; if you are over-reliant on automation then it is wonderful when it works and the whole system: ship and aircraft are virtually useless when it doesn't.

I would have preferred a few more personnel and a bit less faith in technology.

I am a bit of a doom and gloom merchant, so hopefully I am wrong!

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Haijun watcher wrote:
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...... One of the trial evolutions included loading one of the jets with weaponry it would typically carry on a strike mission: 22,000lb of destructive and defensive power.
In this case the ‘bombheads’ on HMS Queen Elizabeth – red-surcout-wearing air engineer technicians – loaded inert Paveway laser-guided bombs and ASRAAM air-to-air missiles (for taking out aerial threats) on to the external pylons and bomb bay.
Fully-loaded, it’s known as “beast mode” by crews because of the firepower it delivers – nearly three times more than a Harrier, twice as much as a WW2 Lancaster heavy bomber. ......




Strange, wasn't the Lancaster special capable of carrying Grand Slam a single 22,000 lb bomb ?

I'd like to see a F-35B carry one of those.

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yes the Lancaster was used by the Dam Busters squadron to drop the 22,000lb Grand Slam bomb & the 12,000lb Tallboy bomb that sank the German battleship Tirpitz.


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Wartime Operations – Employing the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers
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August 20, 2019
The months of June and July 2019 witnessed four significant events which are a portent for the future of UK carrier aviation.
The thirty-seventh anniversary of the Argentine surrender marking the end of the Falklands War was commemorated on the 14th of June. Exactly two days later Royal Air Force F-35B Lightning aircraft operating from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus completed their first armed overwatch mission over Syria marking their operational debut in UK service.
This article was submitted to the UK Defence Journal by Kelvin Curnow. Kelvin’s particular area of interest is naval aircraft and aircraft carriers. He is a keen writer and over the past fifteen years he has had a number of articles published in different journals.
Denoting a significant step towards initial operating capability, on the 17th of June HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH sailed from Portsmouth for a final round of sea trials before departing for the USA in Autumn for the next round of trials with the F-35B. The final and ominous event occurred on the 20th of July with the seizure of the British flagged tanker Stena Impero by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRCG) in the Strait of Hormuz using fast inshore patrol craft.
HMS Queen Elizabeth
The successful prosecution of the Falklands War lies in stark contrast to the ease with which the Iranians captured the British tanker and marks the steep decline in Britain’s maritime capabilities. Regeneration of the UK’s naval capability is marked by the construction of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and HMS PRINCE OF WALES (PoW) – collectively designated the QUEEN ELIZABETH CLASS (QEC).
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HMS Queen Elizabeth to sail for secretive air transport mission
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December 4, 2019
British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is to sail to the Arctic Circle in a few weeks to support a multinational air transport mission, it has been revealed.
The new carrier recently returned from trials with F-35 jets but it’s understood that she is being redeployed for this mission.

The vessel is being deployed to act as an emergency landing option should a specific but classified cargo aircraft require its usage.
Other commentators have noted that that the loading of provisions would be unusual as the craft is rumoured to be elf sufficient and shouldn’t need anything else.
Part of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s recent trials involved the fitting of STOVL (Sleigh Take Off and Vixen Landing) equipment allowing for this kind of aircraft to land and take-off from the carrier.
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