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    If this helps-

    Although we’ve been operating this [the Merlin] for years, I think we’ll soon see a purple patch where it really blooms,” he notes.

    Merlin Mk3/4 variants will be initially used to support the UK’s equivalent of the carrier on-board delivery (COD) mission, until a decision is made on how to carry this out long-term. The Royal Air Force’s Boeing Chinooks could be utilised, or a new aircraft such as the Bell Boeing V-22.

    The RN is considering buying the tiltrotors for this mission in alignment with the US Navy’s execution of COD – a V-22 can carry one F-35 engine – but is yet to make a decision on this.

    “What I’m quite keen to do is get as many rotary-wing authorisations for the carrier [as possible],” Blount noted.

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    The Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier is finally due to set sail for sea trials later today.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan...-fife-40402153

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    The BBC has updated the article on the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, she has now left Rosyth Dockyard and is now waiting to go under the Forth Bridges very slowly and carefully with the mast being lowered.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan...-fife-40402153

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    She has cleared the 3 Bridges successfully.

    Such a shame that it was done on the midnight low tide, it would have been quite a sight in daylight.

    Not to mention recruitment potential for the RN had they made a big song and dance over it.

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    Saw it on the news this morning Queen Elizabeth cleared the Forth Rail Bridge with 3 inches to spare and that was with the mast down.

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    ....and the best, the very best that the Telegraph can say on the subject (according to the latest on their site) is that they might be operating XP on the carrier!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Here is the image of the QE under the bridge:

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    Imagine how much better she would look without the ski-jump and with a pair of steam (or EM) catapults, an angled-deck and a couple of dozen fast jets on her deck?

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    Are the B's not fast enough for you ?

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    No problem with the RAF having 'em to replace the Harrier but I was thinking either Super-Hornets or Rafale-Ms for our ships. And while we're at it - and I'm speaking as a monarchist - it would be good if they could rename them HMS Eagle & HMS Ark Royal.

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    Hmm, Ark Royal 6. Eagle 2. I like that idea F/A-18RN.

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    Thanks Clan Warrior . But it would be Ark Royal 6 & Eagle 15.

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    Eagle 15? Wikipedia lists 18 so far.
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    I'd go for Invincible and Hermes, they won the Falkland War.

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    I stand corrected . The actual article on HMS Eagle lists her as the fifteenth whilst the list of different Eagles lists eighteen.

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    HMS Conqueror and HMS Wreford-Brown you mean?
    Rule zero: don't be on fire

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    Nick Ashwell-Kennedy
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    Queen Elizabeth's arrival date in Portsmouth has been set for a provisional August 17th according to BBC News.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-40842622

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    "You didn't have to have your security chaps tagging along behind us Minister... we are all on the same side here"

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    The Queen Elizabeth is now back at Invergordon, not long to wait for the hand over date.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan...lands-40887369

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    From last week.
    ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 5, 2017) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the "Tomcatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, bottom, and an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the "Blacklions" of VFA-213 fly in formation above the HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) during exercise Saxon Warrior 2017. The U.S. and U.K. co-hosted carrier strike group exercise demonstrates interoperability and capability to respond to crises and deter potential threats. (U.S. Navy photo by Capt. Jim McCall/Released)

    ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 8, 2017) The Royal Navy Duke-class frigates HMS Iron Duke (F 234), left, and HMS Westminster (F 237), the Royal Norwegian Navy frigate Helge Ingstad (F 313), The Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), and the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) are underway in formation during exercise Saxon Warrior 2017. The U.S. and United Kingdom co-hosted carrier strike group exercise demonstrates interoperability and capability to respond to crises and deter potential threats. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael B. Zingaro/Released)

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    Great interoperability! Those F18's landing on the QE, fantastic!

    Wait, i was just dreaming , but I bet the winebottles were interoperable

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    I agree Dreadnought, brilliant interoperability. If they removed that monstrosity from the bow and installed a pair of 'cats and arrestor cables, angled-deck markings etc, then we'd have a proper carrier. That's what you get with having politicians & particularly the Treasury interfering in such matters.

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    First squadron that deploys to the ship is going to be a USMC F-35B mob isnt it?. Looks like pretty good interoperability to me!.

    If they removed that monstrosity from the bow and installed a pair of 'cats and arrestor cables, angled-deck markings etc, then we'd have a proper carrier.
    ....plus have the RN stand up a CATOBAR training program far larger than any its seen in 50 years, expand Culdrose or Yeovilton to accept at least 3 frontline squadrons and an OCU, purchase a CATOBAR type solely out of RN resources to fill out those squadrons......and forget about the Type26 or Type31 spend!

    Damn those politicians for not letting us have a "proper" carrier!

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    Loved the pic of QE2 with the US carrier and as much as I like the type 23's the sleek lines of a type 45 would have been nice to see. also we have to remember that use of RAF crews off of these ships will be key for the UK
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    Damn straight. Just finished reading the 2017 RAF Yearbook where in one of the articles it good as admitted the Lightning wasn't as good as Typhoon. THe RAF can afford that as they get two jets to augment each other. The Navy has to settle for the one and even that effectively under 'light-blue' control.

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    I think she looks fantastic.

    (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel Gaither/Released)

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    First aerial vehicle lands on QEC !

    http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.6 times!

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    The Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier has now arrived in Portsmouth naval base, here is a video of the aircraft carrier arriving, from the BBC News Website.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-engl...-in-portsmouth

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    Here is a video of the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier arriving in Portsmouth, from the Royal Navy's official YouTube channel.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-iCbfkJmSI

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