WATCH: Exploring HMS Queen Elizabeth

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Would you like a tour of HMS Queen Elizabeth? Well this video gives you that tour with a intriguing look at some of the departments on board and what their role will be on the new carrier.

The Queen Elizabeth class mark a change from expressing carrier power in terms of number of aircraft carried, to the number of sortie’s that can be generated from the deck. The class are not the largest class of carrier in the world but they are most likely the smallest and least expensive carrier the Royal Navy could build which still have the advantages that large carriers offer.

Crew are currently moving aboard the supercarrier and sea trials begin in the Spring.

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Ian Nash
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da da comrade I would indeed liek a tour

Eric Richmond
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show the control panels on the bridge while you’re at it.

UK Defence Journal
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Surely you don’t think this contravenes any security policies?

Kenneth Burns
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Ops room yeah but why the bridge? Simple maritime navigation equipment isn’t in conflict with defence secrets surely. You can avoid the secret monkey screaming shark detector in the corner

Stephen Priestley
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That was brilliant…

David L Thomas
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Nice interior and nice insight

David Lawton
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What a boat!

Rhys Faulkner
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*Ship

David Lawton
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Served 9 years on boats in the R.N. Including Centaur and Hermes. Let’s not fall out over it!!

Alexander
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Alexander

If you were really in the navy you would know they are ships not boats, the only boats are submarines 😉

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realfan

You are absolutely wrong. The tabloids question from day 1 has been: why on earth spend billions on building a 40 jet aircraft capacity carrier and only deploy it with 12. They have an excellent point. All this drivel about “tailored” air groups is just spin to cover up the penny pinching nature of UK government and UK defence spending that history has shown, time and time and time again, to be false economy. No other countries spout the same rubbish. US carriers go to sea with Jet based air groups. So does India, Russia, & China. That’s because the… Read more »

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Charles Verrier

Yes – Of course it’s about money (the Americans can afford ten carriers with dedicated fast jet allocations permanently aboard, because they also have the Wasp and America class AND a ton of other specialised-role ships). We don’t, so the idea of the TAG was to make the QE Class a ‘swing role’ vessel – a new idea. I don’t think that was a ‘cover up’ – It’s always been part of the design from day one – We don’t have the cash for more than two, so this is how we make the best of the asset. Not as… Read more »

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realfan

Of course the UK can afford it. One of the richest countries in the world that, if it really did spend 2% of GDP on defenc (instead of cooking the books to make it seem so), could easily afford to have one carrier operate at all times with a full deck with the other periodically joining. The QE’s would be terrible at humanitarian relief, how exactly would you get the stores ashore? Very few ports can handle a QE even if it made sense to dock alongside. By helicopter? A ridiculously expensive way to move anything and quite incapable of… Read more »

Brian Mooney
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Vast,I saw the uses George Washington on YouTube that is AWSOME,but this lady will still be able to pack a punch

Joe Tinker
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