Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier Updates and Discussions

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  1. Blue Marlin

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    Royal Navy Second Aircraft Carrier HMS Prince of Wales' Hull Completed

    The second of the largest warships ever built for the Royal Navy, the Queen Elizabeth Class carrier HMS PRINCE OF WALES, was given the royal seal of approval when HRH The Prince of Wales, (or Duke of Rothesay as he is referred to in Scotland), visited Babcock’s Rosyth Facilities and signalled for the final section to be lowered into place.

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    look at how big the qec is when sompered to its predecessor
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    I am so jealous.
    If we didn't abandon the project,we would have ended with a CATOBAR aircraft carrier based on the Queen Elizabeth.

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    the qec is influenced from the french pa2 design which was canceled. why was it canceled?
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    It was canceled for economic reasons.
     
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    I had a thought - if at all UK wanted to operate the F-35B, why didn't they go for a bigger fleet of new LPH/LHDs? RN is going for 2 QEC ships but I'm fairly certain that they would have bought atleast 3-4 ships (or more) of a modified Mistral/Juan Carlos/America-class ships for the same price. They would still be able to operate the F-35B and the helicopter-based AEWs, plus the ships would also be more versatile when carrying out amphibious operations.

    Also, what exactly was the reason why they went for a STOVL setup (with ski-jump) instead of a CATOBAR concept like the French PA2 design? Was it purely for economic reasons or were there other issues?

    I have heard news that UK originally wanted to procure a CATOBAR carrier + F-35C combination, but then decided to settle on the F-35B, which was supposedly cheaper. I feel that if they had originally thought of the B since the start, the carrier program may have gone a completely different way.
     
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