The DEW Line provides a brief update on the Royal Navy’s CVF-class aircraft carrier programme. Less than two weeks after its naming ceremony, the 65,000t HMS Queen Elizabeth floated out at Rosyth, Scotland on 17 July. The ship is scheduled to begin sea trials in 2016. Second of class vessel HMS Prince of Wales will enter final assembly in September. Meanwhile, the RN on 22 July marked a handover between the carrier HMS Illustrious and dedicated helicopter carrier HMS Ocean. “Lusty” is leaving service after 32 years of use, as the 21,500t Ocean returns to use after a £65 million ($110 million) refit, says The DEW Line. Arie Egozi discusses on his Ariel View blog how the Israeli Defense Forces are using unmanned air systems to locate and destroy rocket launchers in Gaza and “to supply real-time intelligence to ground forces”.
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