The aft island is on the barge, attached to the tugs & currently underway from Scotstoun (Glasgow) down the River Clyde. Here's a photo from earlier
tonight, the dusk is here so it's not the greatest photo unfortunately. It should take a few days to get around the Scottish coast to Rosyth, maybe a
week, depending on the sea state.
Here is a shot of the barge coming in under the Forth Road Bridge.
And the aft island has today been moved from the barge and onto the quayside. Her 750 tons will be lifted into position on the deck of HMS Queen
Elizabeth later this week hopefully, then we'll get a better idea of quite how radical this big ship is going to look.
As soon as I saw that design I knew it was specifically designed for VTOL aircraft. I didn't look through every single page to check if this had
been posted already, but this is the aircraft this warship will be carrying...
This one single carrier will have the firepower of an entire battlegroup of WWII. Slow speed cruising for ground attack and assault support, high
speed cruising to engage enemy aircraft, and helicopters to ferry troops ashore and conduct anti submarine countermeasures. I wouldn't doubt it in
the least that this thing had the latest anti ship missile defense capabilities as well.
What seafaring nation wouldn't want something like this?
Also the director of the construction program has said that HMS Queen Elizabeth will be "structurally complete" before the end of 2013. That is good
news, presumably it means the ship can clear the dock while sister ship HMS Prince of Wales is constructed.
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