UK's new aircraft carrier

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HMS flipping enormous! Taller than Nelson's Column. Wider than the M25. Longer than four Jumbos. The Ocean-going colossus relaunching the Royal Navy today

 

  • The Queen will name Britain's largest ever warship today when she smashes a bottle of whisky against the hull
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth weights 72,000 tones, is more than 900ft long and generates enough energy to power Swindon
  • She will be able to deliver 36 F-35 Lightning strike fighters and 1,000 troops once fully operational in 2020
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By Robert Hardman


There will be no great explosion of fizz this morning as the Queen names the biggest ship in the entire history of her Royal Navy.

That’s simply because Her Majesty will be doing the honours not with champagne but a bottle of Islay single malt (after all, this thing has been put together in Rosyth).

Yet, in naval clubs up and down the land, the corks will be popping - literally and metaphorically. For today is about much more than a colossal new addition to the fleet. It represents something of a renaissance for our Senior Service.................

 

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Ocean-going colossus: Some 10,000 workers from 90 companies at six shipyards have constructed HMS Queen Elizabeth, pictured, which will be able to carry 1,000 troops and 36 F-35 Lightning strike fighters

Ocean-going colossus: Some 10,000 workers from 90 companies at six shipyards have constructed HMS Queen Elizabeth, pictured, which will be able to carry 1,000 troops and 36 F-35 Lightning strike fighters

 

 
As HMS Queen Elizabeth does not have a catapult system, jets use the 13 degree ramp to aid take-off, reducing fuel usage and improving their mission range

As HMS Queen Elizabeth does not have a catapult system, jets use the 13 degree ramp to aid take-off, reducing fuel usage and improving their mission range

 

 
The giant ship is powered by two bronze propellers,each 22ft in diameter and weighing 33 tons, pushing her to a top speed of 30mph

The giant ship is powered by two bronze propellers,each 22ft in diameter and weighing 33 tons, pushing her to a top speed of 30mph

 

 

 

Their old carrier on the left.

 

New carrier under the blue crane

 

 

Man vs Net - LOL @ comparing it to the Nimitz... Phone Post 3.0

The stats for the Nimitz are unreal

lol

The British don't have the money to deploy that ship. It will probably sit in drydock for most of its life.

How many are they building?

They are supposed to be building 2

nice ship, hopefully they can afford to sail it

Man vs Net - 
shin2chin - 
Man vs Net - LOL @ comparing it to the Nimitz... Phone Post 3.0

The stats for the Nimitz are unreal


Nimitz is older than I am, built in the late 60's...


Length and width there isn't much in it.

Is it a much taller ship or is everything just fucking crammed in there?

She's heavy as hell

That's a cute little boat!

Here's an aircraft carrier:

King of Dubai's yacht near Nimitz class carrier

 

I live a two min walk from where it is right now. Phone Post 3.0

How does it stack up to big American ships?

Phuckles - 


How does it stack up to big American ships?



150 ft shorter



50K tons lighter



Carries less than half as many aircraft



No catapaults, so can only launch VTOL and helicopters

Oh and it's not nuke, so it needs to refuel.

Phuckles - 


How does it stack up to big American ships?


it's bigger than the Marines LHA like the USS America

but smaller than the American super carriers

compared to the Russians or Chinese, this carrier is way bigger and way more capable especially with the combination of the F-35B and the V-22....it'll be a game changer

hubris - 
Phuckles - 


How does it stack up to big American ships?


it's bigger than the Marines LHA like the USS America

but smaller than the American super carriers

compared to the Russians or Chinese, this carrier is way bigger and way more capable especially with the combination of the F-35B and the V-22....it'll be a game changer


It's shorter and lighter than the USS America was (before it was decommisioned almost 20 years ago) and carries half as many aircraft.

rufus -
It's shorter and lighter than the USS America was (before it was decommisioned almost 20 years ago) and carries half as many aircraft.


LHA-6 USS America


Displacement: 44,971 long tons (45,693 t)[8] full load

Length: 844 feet (257.3 meters)

Beam: 106 feet (32.3 meters)

Draft: 26 feet (7.9 meters)



PCU America (LHA-6), the fourth American warship to be named for the United States of America, will be the first of the America-class amphibious assault ships for the U.S. Navy.

The ship's design is based on USS Makin Island (LHD-8), but to allow more room for aviation facilities she does not have a well deck, and has smaller medical spaces. With a displacement of 45,000 tons, she is as large as the aircraft carriers of many other nations, and can fulfil similar missions when configured with 20 F-35B strike fighters.

It's not nuclear? It's going to be massively expensive to fuel. Phone Post 3.0

hubris - 
rufus -
It's shorter and lighter than the USS America was (before it was decommisioned almost 20 years ago) and carries half as many aircraft.


LHA-6 USS America


Displacement: 44,971 long tons (45,693 t)[8] full load

Length: 844 feet (257.3 meters)

Beam: 106 feet (32.3 meters)

Draft: 26 feet (7.9 meters)



PCU America (LHA-6), the fourth American warship to be named for the United States of America, will be the first of the America-class amphibious assault ships for the U.S. Navy.

The ship's design is based on USS Makin Island (LHD-8), but to allow more room for aviation facilities she does not have a well deck, and has smaller medical spaces. With a displacement of 45,000 tons, she is as large as the aircraft carriers of many other nations, and can fulfil similar missions when configured with 20 F-35B strike fighters.



I thought you were talking about the old Kitty Hawk class carrier, I misread your post. My bad.

MickColins - It's not nuclear? It's going to be massively expensive to fuel. Phone Post 3.0

My guess is that they came to the same conclusion as the designers of the America-class amphibious assault ships.

It's much cheaper to go the diesel-electric/gas route