HMS Queen Elizabeth?

HMS Queen Elizabeth?

Postby keithjs on Wed 23 May 2018, 9:45 am

I know this is an aviation forum but does anyone know when the carrier is due back into Portsmouth? (or even where it is at this moment)?
If anyone could point me in the right direction I'd be very grateful. I've emailed the dockyard but no reply and I've tried shipfinder etc but no luck.Thanks in advance.
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Re: HMS Queen Elizabeth?

Postby tankbuster on Wed 23 May 2018, 9:54 am

I thought it was in Portsmouth, it was a few days ago
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Postby Pen Pusher on Wed 23 May 2018, 9:59 am

From a post on FC from an article dated 03May18

HMS Queen Elizabeth is now alongside in Portsmouth naval base on England’s south coast, covered in tents and scaffolding for a 13-week capability insertion period in preparation for an inaugural transatlantic voyage in September. The ship will then conduct a long-awaited first flight trials with F-35B aircraft and is also expected to visit New York City.


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Postby keithjs on Wed 23 May 2018, 10:04 am

That's great, thanks for that chaps! :up:
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Postby tankbuster on Wed 23 May 2018, 3:14 pm

just checked it out, it is definitely there
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Postby keithjs on Wed 23 May 2018, 3:24 pm

tankbuster wrote:just checked it out, it is definitely there


Thank you. Is it still covered in tents and scaffolding as the article says?
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Postby The Baron on Wed 23 May 2018, 4:42 pm

Saw it there yesterday. It still had a big white marquee on the flight deck.
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Postby keithjs on Thu 24 May 2018, 7:24 am

The Baron wrote:Saw it there yesterday. It still had a big white marquee on the flight deck.



Thank you. Where's the best place to get a boat trip around the harbour? Is Portsmaouth dockyard still the only option or do they go from the Gosport side too?
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Postby keithjs on Thu 24 May 2018, 8:02 am

Many thanks Tom. Will make a day of it when the weather gets a little more reliable.
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Postby keithjs on Mon 11 Jun 2018, 7:57 am

Sorry to be a pain chaps but is the marquee still on deck?
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Re: HMS Queen Elizabeth?

Postby Bolar on Mon 11 Jun 2018, 8:25 am

She put to sea this past weekend. Not sure if its for another shakedown before going to the U.S. or whether she's on her way now.
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Postby RichCliff on Mon 11 Jun 2018, 8:59 am

Currently sitting off Penzance
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Postby Pen Pusher on Mon 11 Jun 2018, 9:01 am

Broken?. :whistle: :biggrin:

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Re: HMS Queen Elizabeth?

Postby keithjs on Mon 11 Jun 2018, 9:07 am

Ah, right, thanks for that. I'll have to go down when shes back in then...whenever that might be...?

Interestingly the RN Dockyard website says she's still alongside...so much for that....
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Postby Brevet Cable on Sat 18 Aug 2018, 12:32 pm

Bit of a thread resurrection...
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hms-queen-elizabeth-sets-off-for-f-35b-fighter-jet-trials
Royal Navy aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, departs her home port of Portsmouth today, bound for the USA to land fast jets on deck for the very first time.

Eight years since a British aircraft carrier last flew a fast jet from her decks, the 65,000-tonne carrier will embark two F-35B test aircraft, from the Integrated Test Force (ITF), based out of Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.

Around 200 supporting staff, including pilots, engineers, maintainers and data analysts will be joined by two ‘orange wired’ test aircraft, belonging to the ITF, which are expected to conduct 500 take offs and landings during their 11-week period at sea.
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The ship will conduct trials in UK waters over the coming days, before departing for the USA later this month.
She will be joined by RFA Tiderace and Plymouth-based type-23 frigate HMS Monmouth, as well as Merlin Mk2 helicopters from 820 Naval Air Squadron, RNAS Culdrose, Mk 4 Merlins from 845 Naval Air Squadron, RNAS Yeovilton and a contingent of Royal Marines from 42 Commando, Plymouth.
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Re: HMS Queen Elizabeth?

Postby Burleysway on Sat 18 Aug 2018, 2:26 pm

President Trump might also be paying her a visit......

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/h ... 96536.html
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Postby keithjs on Sat 18 Aug 2018, 3:06 pm

Brevet Cable wrote:Bit of a thread resurrection...
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hms-queen-elizabeth-sets-off-for-f-35b-fighter-jet-trials
Royal Navy aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, departs her home port of Portsmouth today, bound for the USA to land fast jets on deck for the very first time.

Eight years since a British aircraft carrier last flew a fast jet from her decks, the 65,000-tonne carrier will embark two F-35B test aircraft, from the Integrated Test Force (ITF), based out of Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.

Around 200 supporting staff, including pilots, engineers, maintainers and data analysts will be joined by two ‘orange wired’ test aircraft, belonging to the ITF, which are expected to conduct 500 take offs and landings during their 11-week period at sea.
(snip)
The ship will conduct trials in UK waters over the coming days, before departing for the USA later this month.
She will be joined by RFA Tiderace and Plymouth-based type-23 frigate HMS Monmouth, as well as Merlin Mk2 helicopters from 820 Naval Air Squadron, RNAS Culdrose, Mk 4 Merlins from 845 Naval Air Squadron, RNAS Yeovilton and a contingent of Royal Marines from 42 Commando, Plymouth.


Oh... :wall: Still didn't get down to see her...will have to wait till she comes back now which if the 11 weeks is accurate will be early November I assume...Ho hum....
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Re: HMS Queen Elizabeth?

Postby vulcan558 on Sat 18 Aug 2018, 9:30 pm

Cannot see why they do not sale her around the uk a few times and have our jets do some practice on and off her.
If there is a problem she will not be that far from port, or any issues with the f35 they can get back to Marham.

Thought the jets where operational.
Or are the ones in the usa different.
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Re: HMS Queen Elizabeth?

Postby ericbee123 on Sat 18 Aug 2018, 9:42 pm

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/why-f-3 ... sh-pilots/

After speaking to one of the pilots in the test programme, we understand that the UK only has three (BK1, 2 & 4) test jets that are “orange wired” to take data for post-flight analysis, the rest being operational aircraft. Therefore, it is highly likely that the jets to go on HMS Queen Elizabeth later this year will be “mostly, if not entirely, American but flown by UK pilots”.



https://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/first- ... is-autumn/

“Four pilots will be assigned to fly two “orange-wired” F-35B ITF aircraft for the FOCT programme. These test aircraft are technically US-owned jets but the pilots will be British. During the trials, both aircraft will send data for analysis to QE which will be temporarily fitted with a telemetry system”
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