After returning from rotary wing flying trials at the end of February, where a thousand deck ladings were carried out, HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently in Portsmouth undergoing work as part of her Capability Insertion Period (CIP) in readiness for the next phase of her introduction into service, say the Aircraft Carrier Alliance.
The manufacturers of the carriers, the ACA, discussed the progress of HMS Queen Elizabeth.
“When the ship first sailed from Rosyth in June 2017, it was always planned that some of her equipment and systems would be fitted subsequently. We are using this time to carry out a variety of work on the ship, including fitting the new funnel badges (her crest) and maintenance of the flight deck, hence how the islands are encased in scaffolding and tents cover parts of the flight deck. We are also improving the Junior Rates’ Scullery, doubling it in size to support the amount of demand on the area, and installing a new dishwasher conveyor system to get the washing up done more efficiently!
During her time alongside between the sea trials phases, additional equipment to support rotary wing, and now fixed-wing aircraft is being added. When the ship was originally designed in the early 2000s, some of the capabilities she requires had not even been conceived, and some were still under development when the ship completed initial construction. The hotly anticipated next phase of trials will see F-35 aircraft land on board for the first time which demands specific additional equipment.”
Hear from some of the ACA workforce on what is has been like for them being part of the HMS Queen Elizabeth journey here