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Queen Elizabeth class

Aircraft carrier

Queen Elizabeth class

The Queen Elizabeth class carriers are the largest warships ever built for the Royal Navy

 
 
Country of origin United Kingdom
Entered service Expected in 2017
Crew (with aircrew) 1 600 men
Sea endurance 292 days
Dimensions and displacement
Length 284 m
Beam 73 m
Draught 11 m
Flight deck length ?
Flight deck width ?
Hangar deck length 155 m
Displacement, standard 65 000 tons
Displacement, full load ?
Propulsion and speed
Speed over 25 knots
Gas turbine Rolls-Royce Marine Trent MT30 (48 000 hp)
Diesel generators 4 x Wartsila (2 x 12 000 hp, 2 x 15 000 hp)
Range 19 000 km
Aircraft
Airwing over 40 aircraft and helicopters
Fixed wing F-35B
Helicopters CH-47 Chinook, Merlin, AW-159, WAH-64 Apache
Armament
Artillery Phalanx CIWS, 30 mm naval guns

 

   Two Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers were ordered by the Royal Navy. The first of the class, HMS Queen Elizabeth, was laid down in 2009. It is expected to become operational in 2017. The sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales, was laid down in 2011 and is expected to be commissioned with the Royal Navy in 2020. These will be the largest warships ever built for the Royal Navy. The Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers will be much more capable than the older Invincible class light aircraft carriers.

   The Queen Elizabeth class warships are capable of carrying over 40 aircraft and helicopters. Once operational these aircraft carries will operate F-35B short take-off and vertical landing multi-role fighters. These will perform air defense, ground attack and reconnaissance missions. The F-35 Lightning II has low radar cross-section due to stealthy design and radar absorbent materials. These warships will also operate a mix of CH-47 Chinook, Merlin and AW159 (previously known as Lynx Wildcat) helicopters for utility and anti-submarine warfare roles. Air group might also include WAH-64 Apache attack helicopters.

   The hangar accommodates up to 20 aircraft or helicopters. These aircraft carriers will have two elevators for the aircraft. Each elevator can lift two F-35 or similar aircraft from the hangar to the flight deck in 60 seconds.

   The new aircraft carrier has two smaller islands, instead of one larger. The forward island is for navigating the ship. The rear island is for controlling flying operations.

   The Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers will be armed with Phalanx close-in weapon systems to counter airborne threats and 30 mm naval guns to counter seaborne threats.

   These new aircraft carriers have integrated full electric propulsion. The Queen Elizabeth class ships are powered by a Rolls-Royce Marine Trent MT30 gas turbine, developing 48 000 hp. Also there are four Wartsila diesel generators.

   At some point the future of the HMS Prince of Wales was unclear due to funding problems. There were plans to sell this aircraft carrier, or mothball it. However decision has been made to complete construction and to operate this ship.

 

Name Laid down Launched Commissioned Status
HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) 2009 2014 expected in 2017

sea trials

HMS Prince of Wales (R09) 2011 expected in 2017 expected in 2020

under construction

 

 

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