R08 HMS Queen Elizabeth

UK Royal Navy




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R08 HMS Queen Elizabeth

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Flight Deck: Q
Call Sign: GQLZ


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History of UK R08 HMS Queen Elizabeth

2008-mayOrdered
2009-jul-7Laid downAssembled at Babcock Rosyth, from modules built by BAE Systems (Glasgow), BAE Systems (Portsmouth), Babcock (Appledore), A & P Tyneside and Cammell Laird
2014-jul-4LaunchedNaming Ceremony. Dry dock flooded at Babcock Rosyth, after modular construction and cleared No. 1 Dock on 17 Jul
2015-jun-30NEWS UKHMD Portsmouth Portsmouth Harbour To Be Dredged For QEC Carriers
2017-jun-29Trialsoff Dunbar Trials departed HMD Rosyth for 6 week manufacturer Phase 1 trials, with HMS Sutherland as escort.
2017-jul-04NEWS Merlin First aircraft to Land on HMS Queen Elizabeth
2017-jul-7TrialsCromarty Firth Repairs Extended stay at Invergordon for replenishement and to make repairs following a defect during sea trials.
2017-augHomeportarrived at HMNB Portsmouth shortly before 18th, as Homeport.
2017-dec-7CommissionedHMNB Portsmouth Commissioned at HMNB Portsmouth
2017-dec-07NEWS UKHMNB Portsmouth Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth Commissioned
2018-jan-31NEWS 820 Squadron Getting Ready For HMS Queen Elizabeth
2018-feb-6Port VisitGIGibraltar Harbour At Gibraltar North Mole during trials
2018-feb-8Aircraftembarked two Qinetiq Chinooks for working up trials, including ZH902.
2018-feb-08NEWS Chinook First Time On HMS Queen Elizabeth Hangar
2018-mar-21NEWS Merlin and Chinook Trials on HMS Queen Elizabeth
2018-aug-18DeploymentWESTLANT 18 departed HMNB Portsmouth on maiden deployment for 11 week WESTLANT 18 exercise off east coast of USA. Accompanied by HMS Monmouth and RFA Tiderace, she also has 3x Merlin HM.2 from 820 NAS which embarked in the preceeding week plus part of 42 CDO Royal Marines to conduct amphibious exercises. Before leaving UK waters, 3x Merlin HC.4 of 845 NAS (Furious Flt) embarked on 20 Aug (including ZJ129 / N). Main objective is to determine operating parameters for the F-35B, which will embark for the 1st time. Shadowed along the western English Channel by RFS Admiral Makarov.
2018-aug-20NEWS UKHMNB Portsmouth Merlin Mk4 Deck Quals on HMS Queen Elizabeth
2018-sep-17Port VisitUSNS Norfolk WESTLANT18 Visited NS Norfolk after cruising to avoid path of Hurricane Florence. To join with HMS Monmouth.
2018-sep-25AircraftWESTLANT 18 1st landing aboard by F-35B (USN BF-04 from VX-23), flown by a Royal Navy pilot.
2018-oct-11NEWS Osprey and Sea Dragon on HMS Queen Elizabeth
2019-sep-26DeploymentWESTLANT19 Operating off US east coast, escorted by HMS Dragon, HMS Northumberland and RFA Tideforce during WESTLANT19. Returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 4 Dec.

Specifications

   

    from Queen Elizabeth class
674crew
250troops
65000full load (tn)
280length (m)
70beam (m)
11draught (m)
10000range (nm)
25max speed (knots)
107000power (shp)
2Naval Engine gas turbine - Rolls Royce MT30
3Close-In Weapon System CIWS Phalanx 20 mm

Aircraft

   

    Typical Max
UK Royal Navy AW EH101 00
UK Royal Navy AW Merlin HC.4 00
UK Royal Navy AW Sea King ASaC.7 00

The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    

Builder

   

UK HMD Rosyth, Rosyth



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