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HMS Queen Elizabeth Sea Trials

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Paul E    1,166
14 minutes ago, Dave Fleming said:

Rumours that she may need to dry dock to fix this propeller issue. Some say caused by fouling, others by manufacturing outwith permitted tolerance.

QE can't be dry docked at the moment as the only dock that can accommodate her has Prince of Wales in it! That is why the propeller blades had to be fitted by divers rather than in a dry dock after the basin trials. But lets be clear here, the ship is on sea trials and their whole purpose is to expose and bottom out issues like this.

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Whofan    572
3 hours ago, Paul E said:

The ship is Fit to Receive Phalanx CIWS and consideration was made in the early design stages for the SeaRAM whether this come to fruition or not  is another question.

 

 

Isn't she intended to have just 3 phalanxes and 4 30mm guns?

 

In all honesty, I was surprised to see that that is all the armament fitted. 

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Paul E    1,166
3 minutes ago, Whofan said:

 

 

Isn't she intended to have just 3 phalanxes and 4 30mm guns?

 

In all honesty, I was surprised to see that that is all the armament fitted. 

Yes, the weapons are placed for 360 degree coverage. Phalanx is intended to stop leakers that get past the Type 45 in the outer screen and the inner screen of Sea Ceptor armed frigates. The 30mm guns are for dealing with asymmetric threats like those faced by USS Cole. It is bad form to shoot small inflatable boats carrying bombs with depleted uranium when 30mm HE will do!  

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GMK    184

Seems like the builder's trials have served their purpose, then. Hopefully, a reasonably simple remediation. No doubt this will be viewed as a setback by the anti-carrier crowd and fashioned into a crude weapon to beat UK carrier aviation over the head with. 

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GMK    184

First recovery & launch from across the pond. 

 

 

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Dave Fleming    1,349
On 19/07/2017 at 4:40 PM, Paul E said:

QE can't be dry docked at the moment as the only dock that can accommodate her has Prince of Wales in it! That is why the propeller blades had to be fitted by divers rather than in a dry dock after the basin trials. But lets be clear here, the ship is on sea trials and their whole purpose is to expose and bottom out issues like this.

 

Seems like they have sorted the issue judging by the trials at present.

 

There is the question of whether the Rosyth dry dock is big enough to take a fully fitted out carrier. Local rumour at the time was that was one reason for floating out when they did, that there was insufficient displacement in the dock .

 

Current scuttlebutt has her heading to Portsmouth much earlier than initially planned.

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GMK    184

Apparently the first high speed run clocked at 27 knots - not terrible!

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hairystick    926

She is currently heading for Pompey... at 28knots!

 

Due in port at 0710 Wednesday.

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Roof Rat    240

For pictures of QE arrival in to Portsmouth please see "HMS Queen Elizabeth to enter Pompey tomorrow" in General Maritime modelling chat forum.

 

Thank you

 

RR                  

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ian buick    147

Some nice footage of sea trials with USS HW Bush, and overhead views at Scapa Flow, and leaving Scapa Flow.

 

 

 

 

 

Cheers, Ian

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