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Queen Elizabeth  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2020
Total Production: 2
Unitary Cost: GBP£3.0 billion   (USD$3.7 billion)
Also Known As: CVF
Origin: United Kingdom
Corporations: Babcock Marine, BAE Systems*, BVT Surface Fleet, Edmund Nuttall Limited, Kellogg Brown & Root and Thales*   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: CVF
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2020
Total Production: 2
Total Cost: GBP£6.0 billion   (USD$7.4 billion)
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Description: The Future Aircraft Carrier (CVF) program calls for a replacement for current Invincible-class aircraft carriers, also called all-deck cruisers, by 2012. Two larger more capable aircraft carrier will be constructed under CVF program with up to 46 aircraft onboard. The CVF carrier will be capable of operate both F-35B and V/STOL F-35C aircraft. The CVF will be able to accommodate future aircraft due to its planned long service life of about 50 years.

The CVF carrier will no feature catapult and arresting recovery system but installation of these sub-systems will be possible in the future due to design flexibility. The Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom estimates the production costs of 2 CVF-carriers approximately in £2.7 billion ($4 billion). The first CVF will achieve operational capability in 2014 and the second in 2016.

On 11 February 2005, UK MoD selected Kellogg Brown & Root (UK) Ltd (KBR) to act as the preferred 'Physical Integrator' on the future aircraft carrier (CVF) project. After October 2010 budget cuts the program was delayed two years with the UK to operate only the second aircraft carrier after 2019. As of July 2014, the Royal Navy plans for the first ship sea trials in 2017 and flight trials with the F-35B in 2018.

Queen Elizabeth Specifications

Crew: 679
Number of Aircraft: 28
Troops: 1,000
Beam: 73 meter (240 foot)
Draft: 11 meter (36.1 foot)
Length: 284 meter (932 foot)
Ship's Height: 56 meter
Top Speed: 25 knot (12.9 mps)
Days at Sea Over a Year: 200 day
Mission Endurance: 45 day
Service Life: 50 year
Full Displacement: 65,000 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Queen Elizabeth News

There are 36 news between
23 Jan 2003 and 6 Sep 2017
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017United Kingdom Launches Type 31e Frigate
Monday, January 16, 2017Japan and UK to Develop New Air-to-Air Missile for F-35 Stealth Fighter
Royal Navy Aircraft Carriers to Deploy Crowsnest Helicopter Surveillance System
Thursday, May 28, 2015UK and US Test F-35B Lightning II Jets at Sea
Friday, May 22, 2015Royal Navy Unveils Crowsnest Surveillance System for Future Aircraft Carriers
Friday, July 4, 2014Royal Navy HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier is Named
Monday, February 3, 2014Royal Navy Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carriers to Deploy Merlin Mk2 Crowsnest Surveillance System
Thursday, July 19, 2012UK Takes Delivery of First F-35B Lightning II STOVL Aircraft
Thursday, May 10, 2012UK MoD to Change Back to the F-35B STOVL Fighter Jet
Tuesday, November 15, 2011FMS: United Kingdom Wants EMALS Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total 21
Combat Aircraft
F-35B Lightning IIx24
F-35C Lightning IIx24
Propulsion Systems
Sensor Systems
Support Aircraft
EH101 Merlinx4

Queen Elizabeth Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
R08 HMS Queen Elizabeth4 Jul 201420182019
R09 HMS Prince Of Wales8 Sep 20172020-

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