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kaii
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HMS Queen Elizabeth
Posted on: 6/28/2017 3:57:22 AM
HMS Queen Elizabeth left Rosyth naval yard for sea trials in the North Sea a couple of days ago and I enjoyed spectacular views of the ship as it passed my backyard to go under the Forth bridges. There were a surprising number of Russian tourists in South Queensferry that day - I suppose it must be strange for them to see a carrier that does not look like it is on fire...

The ship is still a couple of years away from completion but together with HMS prince of Wales it will provide the RN with real punch around the world again when they become operational.


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anemone
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Re: HMS Queen Elizabeth
Posted on: 6/28/2017 4:36:56 AM

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Construction of Queen Elizabeth began in 2009. Her assembly took place in the Firth of Forth at Rosyth Dockyard from nine blocks built in six UK shipyards: BAE Systems Surface Ships in Glasgow, Babcock at Appledore, Babcock at Rosyth, A&P Tyne in Hebburn, BAE at Portsmouth and Cammell Laird (flight decks) at Birkenhead.

Two of the lower main blocks, together weighing more than 6,000 tonnes and forming part of the base of the ship, were assembled and joined into one piece on 30 June 2011. On 16 August 2011, the 8,000-tonne Lower Block 03 of Queen Elizabeth left BAE Systems Surface Ships' Govan shipyard in Glasgow on a large ocean-going barge. Travelling 600 miles (970 km) around the northern coast of Scotland, the block arrived at Rosyth on the evening of 20 August 2011.

On 28 October 2012, an 11,000-tonne section of the carrier began a lengthy journey around the south coast of England (to avoid bad weather) from the shipbuilding hall at Govan, to the Rosyth dockyard; it arrived on 21 November. Her forward island was built at BAE Portsmouth and attached on 14 March 2013; the aft island was attached in June 2013. The ski jump was added in November 2013, leaving just the elevators and radar to be lifted into place.By September 2013 Queen Elizabeth was 80% complete internally.
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Riaindevoy
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Re: HMS Queen Elizabeth
Posted on: 6/28/2017 5:25:17 AM
I read this the other day:

At high tide, she will be guided through a narrow exit in the harbour. This has been widened but still only allows 14 inches either side to spare.
Recent dry weather in the Highlands and Cairngorms has meant less rainfall in the Forth - when she squeezes through the exit, the man at the steering wheel on the bridge - Chief Petty Officer Sticky Vercoe - will only have 50cm beneath the keel and the river bed.

The flight deck will overhand buildings either side. If the wind is too strong she risks bouncing off the harbour walls which could damage her before she's even reached open water. Once clear she will be pulled into the middle of the Forth where she will drop anchor for a few hours.

At low tide, she will make her approach towards the three Forth bridges close to midnight, sailing at 3-4 knots; any faster and suction will pull her downwards into the river - an effect known as 'squat'.

The first two road bridges can flex by up to three metres in high winds but the third, Brunel's iconic Forth Bridge, poses its own challenge - height.
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Michigan Dave
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Re: HMS Queen Elizabeth
Posted on: 6/28/2017 8:09:36 AM
Riain,

You know Squat about this!?

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kaii
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Re: HMS Queen Elizabeth
Posted on: 6/29/2017 7:39:15 PM
here is another shot, photo ny Craig Brown


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Michigan Dave
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Re: HMS Queen Elizabeth
Posted on: 6/29/2017 7:42:42 PM
Hi Kai,

She is a beautiful Carrier alright, beautiful & deadly! (great pic)

Thanks, & Regards,
Dave

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kaii
Edinburgh, UK
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Re: HMS Queen Elizabeth
Posted on: 8/8/2017 6:12:54 PM
HMS Queen Elizabeth had some company during her sea trials in the North Sea this week.

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brian grafton
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Re: HMS Queen Elizabeth
Posted on: 8/8/2017 8:39:37 PM
Kai, do you really mean that? I would assume that, for a host of reasons, HMS Queen Elizabeth would conduct her sea trials more privately.

This has every indication of being a staged shot, which is – I guess – fair enough. But the sense of "today we have naming of ships" smacks of propaganda rather than news.

I don't know exactly how to respond to HMS Queeen Elizabeth, to be honest. The two-island structure makes so much sense, but looks very strange indeed. Thanks for the post and the pix.

Cheers
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kaii
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Re: HMS Queen Elizabeth
Posted on: 8/9/2017 1:42:17 AM

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Kai, do you really mean that? I would assume that, for a host of reasons, HMS Queen Elizabeth would conduct her sea trials more privately.

This has every indication of being a staged shot, which is – I guess – fair enough. But the sense of "today we have naming of ships" smacks of propaganda rather than news.

I don't know exactly how to respond to HMS Queeen Elizabeth, to be honest. The two-island structure makes so much sense, but looks very strange indeed. Thanks for the post and the pix.

Cheers
Brian G
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Well, she has been escorted by a Russian sub for most of the trial period, so not much privacy has been had anyway...

In addition to being important training for these vessels, it is, of course, a great opportunity for The Royal Navy/NATO to stage some nice photo ops.

(I noticed that one of the officers in the photos appears to be a Ukrainian observer - I wonder if THAT got there by accident or whether it is a not-to-subtle signal to the Russians...)
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