Skip to comments.Britannia rules the waves: Inside brand new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth
Posted on 06/23/2014 9:44:52 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
Britannia rules the waves: Inside brand new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth that boasts 33-ton propellers twice the size of a double decker bus and a four acre deck
HMS Queen Elizabeth is Britain's biggest engineering project
Two 33-ton propellers are twice the height of a double decker bus
The carrier will finally take to the water next month when the Queen visits
Standing on the bridge of the mighty HMS Queen Elizabeth, it is the sheer scale of the largest warship in Royal Navy history that hits you. This hi-tech batcave commands a view that runs for miles from Rosyth, Fife, beyond the seemingly endless flight deck of our newest aircraft carrier and taking in the Forth Bridges and a hazy Edinburgh city centre to the east to the Grangemouth refinery and the Ochils in the west.
And yet, given that this is Britains biggest engineering project, one has to fight hard not to laugh out loud at the comical size of the ships tiny steering wheel.
It is odd to think that this plastic control, that could easily have come from a service-station arcade game, will one day steer a ship powered by two 33-ton propellers, each almost twice the height of a double decker bus. It is the only small thing about the first of the two new QE Class carriers to come on stream.
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Queen-size: Size of the new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier if it was on the River Thames
You think HRH could really fetch such a sum? < /s >
How did they get it under the Bridge?
Must be a Submarine that looks like an Aircraft Carrier.
Q must have designed it.
Rule Brittania, Brittania rules the waves.
This may help them beat Argentina again, should it come to that.
Sorry but these big carriers are anachronistic. All it would take is one stealth shore to ship , air to ship or ship to ship missile and that would be the end of it. Stealth technology applied to drones and missiles makes these big capital ships almost indefensible.
This carrier means the end of Argentina running their lips about The Falklands.
You could be right about that, their time might be up. I could only imagine stealthy space planes that come down from orbit to attack and return the same way.
And one left-footed effort from Messi, and the Argentine (as the late Baroness Thatcher was wont to call them) are through to the round of 16.
These big ships can stay in combat after multiple hits by conventional missiles. They are the most protected of capital assets.
And, they exact retribution.
Why do you think all real Navies seek such capability? Because without them you cannot project power.
Heh heh heh... it’s cute.
The thought of such a chaotic and unheroic sight might finally lead to the end of war.
Carriers are about the Projection of Force in the modern era. Which is why most of the major nations on the planet, from Russia and China to India, are building new carriers, after two decades of decline.
Even Australia and Japan have recently commissioned new Carriers.
If the projection of Military Force is, as Machiavelli described it, just an extension of Diplomacy, these nations are taking steps to increase their influence in the world. (especially as our own declines)
Nothing says “Pay attention to our interests” like a few dozen fighter-bombers off your coast.
“What if all future wars were just swarms of stealthy drones on land, in the water, and in the air shooting at each other until there’s just one “last drone standing”?”
Not going to happen...
Drones have two huge drawbacks, The link between the drone and the operator, and the drone itself. Both can be interrupted by technical means, such as jamming or EMP.
The human factor in warfare simply cannot be replaced by technology.
Is it made of aluminum, like their ship that burnt to a crisp fighting the Argentinas.
Only ten more and they will be equal to us
Really? Consider this scenario. A satellite locates and tracks a carrier. A submarine 200 miles away launches four very slealthy missiles which themselves each launch a flock of forty “seagulls”. Each “seagull” is an 18 inch stealthy drone packed with one pound of C4 plastique. Monitors track the flocks directly to the carriers like mosquitoes going to a prey. Science fiction? The carrier would survive? That is a very rudimentary basic scenario. Big capital ships are simply not defensible in the 21st century.
Beside, the weapon you mention doesn't exist.