HMS Queen Elizabeth put through her paces during Westlant 19 deployment

October 7, 2019 – HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of Britain’s two new aircraft carriers, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia last month as part of the 65,000-tonne warship’s second-ever international visit. Cammell Laird completed a two-and-a-half year, multi-million pound project to build flight decks for the carrier in March 2013. The award of a £44m contract by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance in late 2009 saw the company begin an extensive process of preparing its site to accommodate the manufacture of these huge steel structures. Cammell Laird’s shipyard on the banks…

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Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group Commander Visits USS Dwight D Eisenhower

September 27, 2019 – Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group commander Commodore Mike Utley OBE RN and HMS Queen Elizabeth commander Capt. Steve Moorhouse OBE RN visited Carrier Strike Group Ten and the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), Sept. 27. The Royal Navy senior officers were invited by CSG-10 and the IKE in order to gain a better understanding of U.S. maritime operations and promote camaraderie between allies. Side boys posted as the commodore and captain arrived and stepped off the helicopter, greeted by Rear Adm. Paul Schlise,…

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HMS Queen Elizabeth Makes First Visit to Canada

September 12, 2019 – The UK’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, this morning in an historic first visit. The 65,000-tonne warship, the biggest ever built for the Royal Navy, will be joined in harbour by other ships from the UK Carrier Strike Group who are on a deployment called ‘Westlant 19’. The main purpose of the deployment is to conduct Operational Tests with UK F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter jets for the first time, off the east coast of the USA. The carrier…

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La Motte-Picquet Trains with the Royal Navy

September 4, 2019 (Google Translation) – After setting sail from Portsmouth on August 30, 2019, anti-submarine frigate La Motte-Picquet conducted a series of joint exercises with HMS Queen Elizabeth , the first aircraft carrier of this class and flagship of the Royal Navy , and RFA Tideforce . Various maneuvers were conducted off the coast of England, including coordinated flights of helicopters, allowing to immortalize this cooperation at sea during aerial shots by the French Lynx and British Merlin . In addition, tactical evolutions exercises (EVOLEX) have been used to…

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HMS Queen Elizabeth Sails to US for F-35B Trials

August 30, 2019 – Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has sailed from Portsmouth today, bound for the east coast of the USA for operational trials. For the first time, UK fighter jets will join this state-of-the-art ship in a significant milestone for the program. The deployment, known as ‘WESTLANT 19,’ will see the carrier conduct ‘Operational Testing’, with British F-35B Lightning jets embarking for the first time as she moves closer to her first operational deployment in 2021. The carrier will also spend time in Canada during her…

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History made as UK F-35s complete first operational missions

June 25, 2019 – The UK’s newest and most advanced fighter jet, the Lightning F-35B, has successfully completed its first operational missions. F-35s have flown alongside Typhoon aircraft on operational flights over the skies of Syria and Iraq, as part of the ongoing fight against Daesh, the Defence Secretary has confirmed. This follows a successful training period in Cyprus, known as Exercise Lightning Dawn, aimed at building capability for the aircraft and supporting elements. Due to the exceptional performance of the aircraft, pilots, and support staff during this time, it…

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HMS Queen Elizabeth Prepares for Transatlantic Training

June 4, 2019 – HMS Queen Elizabeth, the nation’s future flagship, will deploy in late summer for the eastern seaboard of the US, including a port visit in the Washington area where she will host the Atlantic Future Forum. The UK’s largest and most advanced warship ever will be making the transatlantic journey for the second consecutive year to train alongside the UK’s closest ally. She will also make a number of port calls whilst deployed before returning ahead of Christmas. Whilst in the Washington area she will host the…

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HMS Queen Elizabeth to Join NATO Rapid Reaction Force

June 4, 2019 – The Prime Minister announced today that the Royal Navy will ready the UK’s largest and most advanced warship ever to join allies in forming part of NATO’s major ‘Readiness Initiative’ when she becomes operational. The first of the UK’s Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers, together with the formidable F-35 fighter jets, will fly the flag of a Global Britain alongside NATO allies, projecting influence for peace and standing ready to fight, deliver aid and take on terrorism around the world. Prime Minister Theresa May said, “I’m…

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Apache Gunship Trials on HMS Queen Elizabeth

June 4, 2019 – The Army’s ‘flying tank’ has debuted aboard Britain’s biggest warship as the Apache gunship undergoes three days of trials with HMS Queen Elizabeth. Having already hosted RN Merlin and Wildcats and RAF Chinooks to help write the ship’s ‘operations manual’, the team on the carrier are now working with the gunship to practice some of the routines needed to support the Army Air Corps helicopters on operations. Apache operated sporadically from the decks of HMS Illustrious and HMS Ocean – including conducting air strikes at targets…

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Gavin Williamson Unveils Vision for Defense in Global Britain

February 11, 2019 – Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has outlined the global role of the UK’s Armed Forces and defense industry after leaving the European Union and beyond in a speech at RUSI today. The Defence Secretary acknowledged that the UK faces a world of competing powers, hostile states and stateless ideologies, who are happy to operate in a ‘grey zone’ between war and peace. He claimed it is crucial that Britain’s Armed Forces and defense infrastructure are ready to meet these challenges and do not stand still as the world…

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Scottish yard awarded HMS Queen Elizabeth contract

January 9, 2019 – Babcock’s Rosyth dockyard has been awarded a contract to carry out the first planned dry-dock maintenance of Britain’s largest warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth. A Scottish dockyard has been awarded a contract to carry out the first planned dry-dock maintenance of Britain’s largest warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, Defence Minister Stuart Andrew has announced. The £5 million contract, won by Babcock, will allow the 65,000-tonne carrier to undergo a routine, planned hull survey and maintenance of her underwater systems over a six-week period at the company’s Rosyth site.…

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HMS Monmouth Returns From F-35B Plane Guard Duty

December 14, 2018 – HMS Monmouth has returned to her home in Devonport after being deployed with the UK’s newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth. The Type-23 frigate has operated as part of the Carrier Strike Group since the ships sailed in August on the WESTLANT 2018 Deployment. Her role has been to provide security at sea for the Strike Group on the East Coast of the US as the Carrier conducted hugely successful and historic trials with the F35B- Lightning II jets. During her deployment, she travelled over 20,000…

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Another milestone landing on HMS Queen Elizabeth

November 19, 2018 – For the first time a jet has landed backwards on Britain’s new aircraft carrier as HMS Queen Elizabeth and her F-35 Lightnings pass another milestone. RAF test pilot Squadron Leader Andy Edgell flew his specially-adapted stealth fighter facing the stern, not bow, before bringing the jet to a hover, slipping it over the huge flight deck and gently setting it down. The ‘back-to-front’ maneuver, described as “like driving the wrong way down a one-way street” is intended to give pilots and the flight deck team more…

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Future USS Michael Monsoor and HMS Queen Elizabeth Conduct PHOTOEX

November 16, 2018 – Two of the world’s most technologically sophisticated warships, the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) and the British Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), conducted a photo exercise (PHOTOEX) with USS Lassen (DDG 82) and RFA Tidespring (A136), November 11. The rendezvous was a reminder of the long alliance between two maritime nations. “To come together on Veterans/Remembrance Day was a fitting way to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I,” said Capt. Scott Smith, Michael Monsoor’s commanding officer. “While…

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RFA Fort Victoria Returns from Refit

November 8, 2018 – Nearly ready to take up her place in HMS Queen Elizabeth’s task group is supply ship RFA Fort Victoria – at sea for the first time this year. The 24-year-old support ship is heading for Faslane after leaving Birkenhead, her home for more than 12 months, as her sailors prepare for renewed front-line duties. In the hands of the world-famous Cammell Laird yard – where battleships HMS Prince of Wales and Rodney, the third and fourth HMS Ark Royal were built – Fort Vic underwent both…

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