HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in the US for F-35B trials

Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has reached the United States for planned F-35B flight trials.

On September 5, the ship arrived at Mayport Florida for its first port call on Westland18 to re-supply before beginning final preparations for F-35B when she will land fast jets on deck for the first time.

HMS Queen Elizabeth departed her homeport of Portsmouth in the second half of August after conducting trials in UK waters. Our first line is secure, HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH is now alongside Mayport Florida; and what better way to announce our arrival than with a nod to our Lady Sponsor performed splendidly by the @RMBandService #GodSaveTheQueen #GreatBritain #Westlant18 pic.twitter.com/0MY2mEJDLi — HMS Queen Elizabeth (@HMSQnlz) September 5, 2018 Aimed at developing the operating envelope of the F-35, the deployment will see the carrier spend four months of the Eastern Seabed off the US.

F-35B trials are said to be an important step in the Royal Navy’s path to achieving a carrier strike group capability, something the UK has been without since the Invincible-class aircraft carrier left service.

An initial carrier strike operating capability is expected to be reached by December 2020, while a Carrier Enabled Power Projection (CEPP) capability is expected by 2026.
Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has reached the United States for planned F-35B flight trials.

On September 5, the ship arrived at Mayport Florida for its first port call on Westland18 to re-supply before beginning final preparations for F-35B when she will land fast jets on deck for the first time.

HMS Queen Elizabeth departed her homeport of Portsmouth in the second half of August after conducting trials in UK waters. Our first line is secure, HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH is now alongside Mayport Florida; and what better way to announce our arrival than with a nod to our Lady Sponsor performed splendidly by the @RMBandService #GodSaveTheQueen #GreatBritain #Westlant18 pic.twitter.com/0MY2mEJDLi — HMS Queen Elizabeth (@HMSQnlz) September 5, 2018 Aimed at developing the operating envelope of the F-35, the deployment will see the carrier spend four months of the Eastern Seabed off the US.

F-35B trials are said to be an important step in the Royal Navy’s path to achieving a carrier strike group capability, something the UK has been without since the Invincible-class aircraft carrier left service.

An initial carrier strike operating capability is expected to be reached by December 2020, while a Carrier Enabled Power Projection (CEPP) capability is expected by 2026.
Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has reached the United States for planned F-35B flight trials.

On September 5, the ship arrived at Mayport Florida for its first port call on Westland18 to re-supply before beginning final preparations for F-35B when she will land fast jets on deck for the first time.

HMS Queen Elizabeth departed her homeport of Portsmouth in the second half of August after conducting trials in UK waters. Our first line is secure, HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH is now alongside Mayport Florida; and what better way to announce our arrival than with […]

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