A few days ago the process of handing over to the British navy the first new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier began. Although preparations for combat readiness will begin only next year, the training of future crews has started on board. This is a great opportunity to take a look at the floating British pride – these are the most important British ships in the fleet for years.
There will be two aircraft carriers in the Queen Elizabeth class. These are respectively HMS “Queen Elizabeth” whose reception process has already begun and HMS “Prince of Wale”, which has not yet been launched and its reception is scheduled for 2019-2020. Both these ships will form the might of the British fleet over the next several decades. They will fill a gap in the fleet of British aircraft carriers, which since August last flight has no fleet in this fleet of one ship in this category.
Construction of the first aircraft carrier of this class began with the keel position in 2009. Subsequent work was carried out by the British shipyards so well that already in the summer of 2014 the first copy was launched and the final assembly was started. Today, the stage of construction will begin training its future staff and start the reception process, which will last until the completion of work next year. What is important, the British have ensured that their national companies play a key role in the process of establishing this ship. The main contractor is BAE Systems, which is responsible not only for the creation of their best aircraft carrier, but also for active involvement in the design and manufacture of F-35 aircraft to operate from its decks. Most onboard systems and armaments are also ordered in UK companies. UK authorities are ensuring that every possible pound of over £ 6 billion worth of orders is returned to domestic businesses.
The time of the appearance of “Queen Elizabeth” and “Prince of Wales” is not accidental. It is perfect in time with the delivery of new, state-of-the-art F-35 multirole aircrafts. The British ordered 48 of these “B” models, designed for short take off and fully vertical landing. In the ordering portfolios of the islanders there is an option to order another 90 of this type, so the crew of both ships will not be able to complain about the lack of work associated with operating the aircraft operating from them.
The Queen Elizabeth class ships have a displacement of 65,000 tons. For this design, this translates into space for up to 40 planes and …