posted on Feb, 8 2013 @ 04:38 PM
Hallo old thread. I thought I would shamelessly bump you with some new pictures of the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Élisabeth, which is currently
being assembled in a Scottish shipyard. Some great photos, everything is coming together for this great ship all together this week.
For those not familiar, here is a photo of how the jigsaw is being put together. Notice the unusual island arrangements for ship & aircraft
The bow assembly has been completed, what a classic British aircraft carrier bow it is ... that shape goes back to the 1940's & 1950's with the
ships of the Colossus class.
The gas turbines engines were installed yesterday
And the forward bridge assembly left Portsmouth yesterday for Scotland by barge, It will be fitted to the deck sometime next month.
I think she will be a great ship. I wish the Marine nationale had ordered the Porte-Avions 2 design as a companion for the only French carrier, CDG.
No chance now, the budget has gone and the coffers are empty.
My only concern for the Brits is the choice of aircraft the Brits have made & the deck configuration ... could've done a whole lot better I think. No
shame in buying the Rafale M, Super Étendard for catapult operations.
Maybe the Brits will sell us the second ship of the class, the one they aren't quite sure what to do with. I hope it won't be an Ark Royal/Eagle
situation, with one surviving only by gobbling up the other for spares