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R08 HMS Queen Elizabeth

UK Royal Navy

R08 HMS Queen Elizabeth

IMO: 4907892
MMSI: 235107775
Flight Deck: Q
Call Sign: GQLZ
Shipyard: HMD Rosyth


History of UK HMS Queen Elizabeth R08

2009-jul-07Laid downLaid down Assembled at Babcock Rosyth, from modules built by BAE Systems (Glasgow), BAE Systems (Portsmouth), Babcock (Appledore), A & P Tyneside and Cammell Laird
2014-jul-04LaunchedLaunched Naming Ceremony. Dry dock flooded at Babcock Rosyth, after modular construction and cleared No. 1 Dock on 17 Jul
2015-jun-30NEWSUKHMD Portsmouth Portsmouth Harbour To Be Dredged For QEC Carriers
2017-jun-29TrialsTrials off 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-07TrialsTrials Cromarty Firth Repairs Extended stay at Invergordon for replenishement and to make repairs following a defect during sea trials.
2017-augHomeportHomeport arrived at HMNB Portsmouth shortly before 18th, as Homeport.
2017-dec-07CommissionedCommissioned HMNB Portsmouth Commissioned at HMNB Portsmouth
2017-dec-07NEWSUKHMNB Portsmouth Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth Commissioned
2018-jan-31NEWS 820 Squadron Getting Ready For HMS Queen Elizabeth
2018-feb-06Port VisitPort Visit GI Gibraltar Harbour At Gibraltar North Mole during trials
2018-feb-08AircraftAircraft embarked 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-18DeploymentDeployment WESTLANT 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 ZJ120 / D and 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-20NEWSUKHMNB Portsmouth Merlin Mk4 Deck Quals on HMS Queen Elizabeth
2018-sep-17Port VisitPort Visit US NS Norfolk WESTLANT18 Visited NS Norfolk after cruising to avoid path of Hurricane Florence. To join with HMS Monmouth.
2018-sep-25AircraftAircraft WESTLANT 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-26DeploymentDeployment WESTLANT19 Operating off US east coast, escorted by HMS Dragon, HMS Northumberland and RFA Tideforce during WESTLANT19. Returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 4 Dec.
2020-sep-21DeploymentDeployment North Western Approaches JW 20-2 Exercise Joint Warrior 20-2 Participated in Ex Joint Warrior 20-2 off NW Scotland
2021-mar-15Port VisitPort Visit Glen Mallan at Glen Mallan for storing, departed 20 Mar.
2021-apr-27AircraftAircraft CSG21 embarked 4 Merlin HM.2 and 3 Crowsnest Merlin of 820 NAS in preparation for CSG21 Indo-Pacific deployment.
2021-apr-28NEWS UK Carrier Strike Group to Visit 40 Countries
2021-jun-29Port VisitPort Visit CY Akrotiri Bay CSG21 Moored off Limassol, after Black Sea operations
2021-jul-07DeploymentDeployment EG Suez Canal CSG21 Transit of Suez Canal from Mediterranean, with CSG21 main force.
2021-aug-06Port VisitPort Visit GU Naval Base Guam CSG21 arrived in Guam as part of CSG21
2021-dec-02Port VisitPort Visit ES Rota Naval Base visited Rota to disembark USMC F-35 complement.
2021-dec-08AircraftAircraft disembarked 4x 820 NAS Merlin HM.2 (at least 3 of which were Crowsnest fitted) to RNAS Culdrose, after CSG21 deployment, whilst on her way to HMNB Portsmouth
2023-oct-13Port VisitPort Visit SE Port of Gothenburg JEF week long visit to Gothenburg as part of Joint Expeditionary Force.
2024-mar-18Port VisitPort Visit Glen Mallan departed Glen Mallen after destoring, in prep for repair work at Rosyth.

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Queen Elizabeth class
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

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