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Photographer:Robert J Smith [View profile]Title:HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH R08Added:Aug 17, 2017
Captured:August 16, 2017IMO:4907892Hits:1,231
Location:Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Photo Category: Aircraft Carriers
Seen approaching Portsmouth for the first time on the 16th August 2017
Vessel Identification
Name:Queen Elizabeth
Pennant no.:R08
Technical Data
Vessel type:Combat Vessel
Gross tonnage:65,000 tons

Additional Information
Build year:2013
AIS Information
Last known position:
50°12’15.16” N, 2°56’43.26” W
Speed, course (heading):
6.8kts, 255° (255°)
Arrival:1st Jan 2018
00:00:56 UTC
Last update:
1 month 13 days ago
Source:AIS (AirNav ShipTrax)
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Photo Comments (6)

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Clive G Herbert on Aug 20, 2017 15:27 (6 months ago)
With the past debates regarding `Cats & Traps` or Ski Jump, the smaller Russian carrier Kuznetsov, 55,000tons, & her sister ship sold to China, both have a ski jump & operate the naval version of the large Su-27 & smaller Mig 29. There has been talk of buying 15 F-18 Super Hornets costing 40 million each, they would be considerably less expensive than the F35B at 100+ million. Although not as stealthy, the Hornet is larger with a greater range & a mixture of the two aircraft would be a good operational step, also saving money.
Kelvin Davies on Aug 19, 2017 21:35 (7 months ago)
Clyde, "getting enough light" was a sore point down there. It was one of the most gloomy days we have seen for a while!
Speaking of island arrangements, I was wondering about the flight deck arrangements. There is virtually a second "runway" on the left side of the ski jump. Previous RN carriers with the ski jumps didn't feature this extra bit of deck.
Clive G Herbert on Aug 19, 2017 17:37 (7 months ago)
Nice photographs Bob, I made it down too after leaving home at 4am.

The comment by Emmanuel is interesting, i`m now used to the two island arrangement, it`s logical having the front island for ship control & the rear island for aircraft control, as both islands are in the right place for their respective tasks. Also, the arrangement takes office space away from inside the hull, allowing more space for aircraft, spares, fuel, food etc.

Kind regards,
Emmanuel.L on Aug 18, 2017 14:37 (7 months ago)
Still trying to adjust my mind from the traditional (?) single island design, plus also the 2 islands sited on the overhang of the deck.
Robert J Smith on Aug 18, 2017 08:22 (7 months ago)
Thanks Clyde, well worth the early morning drive.


Clyde Dickens on Aug 17, 2017 22:40 (7 months ago)
That's a wonderful set for history Bob!

Worthwhile getting up early, but getting enough light.
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