UK carrier floats out

Just to update our coverage of the Royal Navy’s CVF-class aircraft carrier programme, here’s a shot of the 65,000t HMS Queen Elizabeth floating out at Rosyth on 17 July. This followed hot on the heels of the vessel’s naming on 4 July.

“Teams will now continue to outfit the ship and steadily bring her systems to life in preparation for sea trials in 2016,” says the Aircraft Carrier Alliance and Ministry of Defence (Crown Copyright image below). Second of class vessel HMS Prince of Wales will enter final assembly in the currently flooded dry dock in September.

QE afloat

Meanwhile, the RN on 22 July marked a handover between the outgoing 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.

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