HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier prepares to leave home port

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 27, 2017

HMS Queen Elizabeth was built in sections around the United Kingdom and shipped to Roswyth to be put together.

"This floating fortress is by far the most powerful ship ever built in Britain that will enable us to tackle multiple and changing threats across the globe".

It is expected that HMS Queen Elizabeth will pass under the three bridges, including the Forth Bridge, between 11.30pm and midnight.

The 65,000- tonne carrier, will sail into the North Sea for about six weeks of trials off the northeast coast of Scotland.

This is HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of the new Queen Elizabeth-class carriers to finish production.

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"For the next 50 years she will deploy around the world, demonstrating British power and our commitment to confronting the emerging challenges from a unsafe world".

The huge warship's construction along with its sister ship HMS Prince Of Wales is the most expensive in navy history costing GBP 6.2bln, says The Sun. Instead, the British will rely on the Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter for their fix-wing aircraft contingent.

The ship was built by a partnership comprising arms makers BAE Systems, Babcock, Thales and the Ministry of Defence.

Each carrier weighs 65,000 tons. A&P Group, in Hebburn South Tyneside built her flight deck, which is the size of five football pitches.

With a length of more than 918ft in length and a top speed above 25 knots (around 28mph), it will be the centrepiece of Britain's maritime capability, The Sun says.

Each carrier is made up of 17 million parts. According to the statistics, the design and build process for the QE class has taken an fantastic 51 million hours. Its crew will be 700 strong but can nevertheless be fed in 90 minutes when at action stations, from the 45 days' supply of provisions kept on board.

The aircraft carriers are the first Royal Navy vessels to have piped oxygen within the medical complex.

220 cameras allow monitoring of engine and machinery spaces, external catwalk, aircraft hangars, ship entrances and access to classified areas.

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