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Assembly of first Elizabeth-class carrier begins

Discussion in 'Modern Warfare' started by Hembo, Sep 22, 2011.

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  1. Hembo


    Feb 1, 2011
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    Assembly of first Elizabeth-class carrier begins
    Posted On: Sep 22, 2011


    ROSYTH DOCKYARD (BNS): British Royal Navy’s ambitious Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier programme marked a milestone on Wednesday with the beginning of assembly of the first of two 65,000-tonne vessels at a shipyard in Fife, Scotland.

    The assembly of the lead ship of the class, HMS Queen Elizabeth, began as Goliath, one of Europe’s largest cranes, swung into action under the watchful eye of Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Peter Luff.

    The event was held at Babcock’s shipyard in Rosyth, Fife.

    It will be followed by the first major lift in the programme later this week when the first section of the two-deck-high 8,000-tonne centre block, which includes a section of flight deck, will be lifted onto the seven-deck-high 8,000-tonne lower block 03, marking a major milestone in the construction of HMS Queen Elizabeth.

    The Queen Elizabeth Class carriers will be the largest, most capable and powerful warships ever built for the Royal Navy. The warships will form the cornerstone of Britain’s ability to project military power overseas.

    Each warship will have a displacement of about 65,000 tonnes and range of 8,000 to 10,000 nautical miles. It will have nine decks, plus a flight deck, and two propellers weighing 33 tonnes, driving the ship at a maximum speed of over 25 knots (46km/h).

    The vessels will operate 12 of the carrier-variant F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets, allowing for unparalleled interoperability with allied forces.

    BAE Systems, which has been contracted to build the vessels, has also begun construction of HMS Prince of Wales – the second of the two aircraft carriers.
  2. vikas jat

    vikas jat Captain SENIOR MEMBER

    Aug 15, 2011
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    i always think that how much these heavy aircraft carriers are compatible with 21 st war tactics ............they can be sank easily ..........
  3. Star Wars

    Star Wars Captain SENIOR MEMBER

    Feb 15, 2011
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    Without any protection they can be a huge target but with adequate protection from frigates, subs and Destroyers a carrier and its planes are a massive asset and a force multiplier.Thats why the Carrier allways operates in an carrier task force...
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  4. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

    Jul 1, 2011
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    Thats the Reason the Carriers always move in Protection of Various
    Armed Escorts like Destroyers, Frigates, Missile Cruisers, Submarines
    and Replenishment Vessel for resupplying them.

    Carriers always move in Protection of atleast 4 Armed Escorts,
    which includes atleast 1 Assault Submarine.
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