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Queen Elizabeth Class

Currently being built at shipyards around the country, HMS Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales are the future flagships of the nation. Initially the ships will carry helicopters. The vast flight deck and hangar can accommodate any helicopter in Britain’s military inventory. From 2020, however, our punch will be delivered by the F35 Lightning II, the world’s most advanced stealth fighter-bomber.

QE Class
Power to Queen Elizabeth – mighty engines are installed on future carrier
Photographers capture sheer size of HMS Queen Elizabeth

Both ships are being constructed in numerous shipyards in one of the most demanding and revolutionary shipbuilding programmes ever undertaken, with the pieces being slotted together in a specially-extended dry dock at Rosyth on the Forth to create two 65,000-ton leviathans.

Both ships are expected to serve for up to 50 years.

You can find further information about the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers at the aircraft carrier alliance website (www.aircraftcarrieralliance.co.uk), this includes a programme update, up to date images and videos as well as the process behind the design of the ships and an idea of what life will be like on board.

Aircraft

40+JSF/Rotary

Beam

70Metres

Complement

686 + 1600Ship's Company + Aircrew

Displacement

65,000Tonnes

Length

280Metres

Power Output

110MW

Range

10,000nautical miles

Top Speed

25+Knots

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