Portsmouth Ready for Two Carriers

November 5, 2019 – Portsmouth Naval Base has undertaken a program of infrastructure upgrades ahead of the arrival of the UK’s second Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales. The anticipated arrival of not just one but two of the 65,000 tonne behemoths and their crews meant that the naval base needed more power, space and another specially equipped…

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UK wins global F-35 support assignment worth £500M

February 12, 2019 – The UK’s role as a leading partner on the global F-35 program has received another huge boost today. The F-35 avionic and aircraft component repair hub in North Wales was awarded a second major assignment of work worth some £500M by the US Department of Defense. Following the announcement in 2016 that the UK would be…

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QinetiQ Extends Support to Queen Elizabeth Class

December 7, 2018 – QinetiQ has confirmed Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers have been added to the Naval Combat Systems Integration Support Service (NCSISS) it provides in partnership for the Royal Navy. Confirmation of the £9 million contract extension follows the company’s announcement earlier this year of a £23 million redevelopment project to create a new UK Centre of Excellence…

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Defence Minister welcomes first of new carrier-ready helicopter fleet

Defence Minister Guto Bebb announced May 24th the delivery of the first of a fleet of new helicopters designed for Royal Marine aircraft carrier operations. The helicopter, known as the Commando Merlin Mk4, has been upgraded to a faster and more powerful aircraft than its predecessor. It now sports a maritime grey coat, has a folding main rotor and tail,…

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F-35 Jet Cleared for Carrier Take-Off, Defence Minister Tells Select Committee

The UK’s cutting-edge F-35 fighter jet is now cleared for take-off from HMS Queen Elizabeth following successful trials using the ski-ramp design featured on the UK flagship, Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin announced at the House of Commons Defence Select Committee this afternoon. Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin said: “Successful ski-ramp trials mean the F-35 is cleared to fly from the carrier…

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Royal Navy relies on Thales’s communications support for Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers

As a leading provider of intelligence systems , smart connectivity and associated services to the UK MoD, Thales has secured a seven year contract to provide through-life support for communications systems of the Royal Navy’s fleet.   Key Points  Thales has won a 7 year £100m contract with the UK Royal Navy to provide communications systems support to the fleet…

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BAE Systems to support the UK’s new aircraft carriers

The Ministry of Defence has amended its Maritime Support Delivery Framework contract with BAE Systems to include the Queen Elizabeth Class, extending the arrangement to cover all classes of ships home-ported at Portsmouth Naval Base. The amendment is worth £69m and runs until March 2019, with an option to extend it to March 2020 at an additional value of £68.5m.…

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Royal Navy appoints first seagoing Captain for HMS Prince of Wales

The first seagoing Captain of the Royal Navy’s second new aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, will be Captain Stephen Moorhouse. The announcement was made at an event at the Institute of Directors in London just two days before the warship is officially named in Rosyth. Captain Moorhouse is a former Commanding Officer of HMS Ocean and HMS Lancaster, known…

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Defence Minister visits a hub for Queen Elizabeth Class Carrier Program

February 3, 2017 – The Minister visited some of the aircraft and met with personnel stationed at the base. RNAS Culdrose is the heart of the naval air fleet, where naval aviators train. The base is an important part of the program, which will deliver the two Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carriers, the largest warships ever built in the…

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