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Does the RAKE make it go faster !!??

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Perhaps it (the high back stern) is a throwback to naval history/tradition:

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Does the RAKE make it go faster !!??




That´s the housing for Britain´s secret Neutronium Beam array :twisted:

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Matrix Games has announced a new scenario DLC coming with the Brits and their new carrier pairing up with the Indian Navy to take on the Paki's and their Chinese "volunteers".

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After completing the second phase of helicopter flying trials at sea, HMS Queen Elizabeth returns to a sunny Portsmouth, next stop the USA for F-35 flight trials.


That is a sharp looking ship.

I didn't realize that she would have to sail to the US for flight trials....she is more than welcome of course!

And I wonder what the deal is with the robed guy standing at the top of the ski ramp?

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Two bridges!? WTF?

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Two bridges!? WTF?



I think it comes down to the Spinal Tap idiom: "these go to eleven"



2 bridges are better than 1.

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I didn't realize it but Britain's first carrier take off with the F-35 was almost 5 years ago:



They took off though from a US Navy LHD---the USS Wasp.

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The British sailors on the Queen Elizabeth CV do their best to uphold another naval tradition...that of drinking ;-)


https://www.navytimes.com/off-duty/mili ... e-why-not/


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Drunken British sailors are invading Florida and beating each other up, because why not?

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The Royal Navy's newest carrier, along with her ready-to-get-hammered-drunk sailors, arrived on America's East Coast Wednesday after completing her maiden transatlantic voyage. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)

The redcoats are coming, the redcoats are coming — to fight at a bar near you.

Watering holes everywhere in the vicinity of Naval Station Mayport experienced a major boon in business this week after British sailors from the Royal Navy’s prized new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived in the northeast Florida port of Jacksonville Beach.

Hundreds of sailors rambled off the ship Wednesday following a weeks-long journey that marked the 65,000-ton vessel’s first transatlantic voyage. And as is tradition with navies around the world, a pressing matter had to be attended to immediately upon exiting the hulking ship — the ancient mariner rite of drinking to the point of annihilation.

Commence jealousy — the Royal Navy just opened a pub on its prized new carrier
Commence jealousy — the Royal Navy just opened a pub on its prized new carrier
The 'Queen’s Head' was christened last week aboard the Queen Elizabeth and is available to the officers and senior enlisted.

By: J.D. Simkins
With only a few days on land before heading back to sea, the Queen Elizabeth’s occupants stormed the beaches of Jacksonville ready to declare war and conquer any and all alcoholic beverages that stood in their way.

“I think we need a modern day Paul Revere to let us know that the British are coming,” Keith Doherty, a general manager at Lynch’s Irish Pub in Jacksonville Beach, told the Florida Times-Union. “I know a lot of places were understaffed and that caused a lot of issues.”

The plight of understaffed service, however, wound up being on the lighter side of the evening’s tribulations, as the number of alcohol-induced escapades inevitably soared Wednesday night and into Thursday morning.


As any who have deployed or spent time on ship can attest, the accumulation of aggression while confined to tight quarters in the middle of an ocean can have a profound impact on the human psyche.

This often manifests through booze-fueled skirmishes or other shenanigans when personnel find themselves liberated from the bowels of a floating prison and once more on the familiar environs of dry land. It’s practically tradition, and the Brits dared not break from it.

Doherty told the Times-Union he heard the number of such skirmishes were in the hundreds.

All the angry people, where do they all come from?

These tall tales were refuted by Sgt. Larry Smith of the Jacksonville Beach Police Department, who told the Times-Union that six Queen Elizabeth sailors had been taken into custody for drunken and disorderly conduct, which included public urination and fighting. Three sailors were charged with resisting arrest, and at least one necessitated a tasing.


What would a Florida-based story be, after all, without at least one person needing a tasing?

Fights with the host Floridians, meanwhile, were reportedly nonexistent, as the blokes from across the pond evidently managed to keep the raucous behavior to themselves.

“These guys come in town periodically,” Smith said. “They beat the mess out of each other and fight each other more than anything, but once they pick up their teeth off the ground they are best friends.”

One complaint from bar and restaurant owners about the visiting seamen was nearly universal: tipping.

“They tipped a little under 10 percent," Haleigh Snow, manager at Poe’s Tavern in Atlantic Beach, told the Times-Union. “I don’t think they knew they were doing anything wrong.”

International tipping customs aside, Smith said local police have had no additional issues since the incidents were first reported to the ship’s top brass.


While these mishaps certainly don’t make the best first impressions on locals, the concept of going a little overboard during a port visit is one familiar to many Americans.

Just this year, at least six junior enlisted Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit were busted down in rank for vandalism and drunk and disorderly conduct during a port visit to Gaeta, Italy, with the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship New York.

The mariner tradition must go on.

The carrier Queen Elizabeth, which left its home of Portsmouth, England, on Aug. 18, is next destined for Maryland, where two embarked U.S. F-35B Lightning II aircraft from Naval Air Station Patuxent River will make their first landings and takeoffs from the ship’s 280-meter deck.

Here’s to hoping bars in the land of pleasant living adequately prepare for the arrival of her majesty’s namesake.

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J.D. Simkins is a writer and editor for Military Times who was a Marine scout observer from 2004-2008. He ugly cried when the Washington Capitals won the 2018 Stanley Cup.





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NAS PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (Aug. 28, 2018) Royal Navy Cmdr. Nathan Gray and U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Michael Lippert, both test pilots with the Integrated Test Force (ITF), conduct ski jumps and field carrier landing practices with F-35B Lightning IIs, Aug. 28, 2018, at Naval Air Station Patuxent River as part of the workups for the first of class flight trials aboard the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08). Around 200 supporting staff from the ITF, including pilots, engineers, maintainers and data analysts, will take two F-35Bs test aircraft aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth this fall to evaluate the fifth-generation aircraft performance and integration with Royal Navy's newest aircraft carrier. This fixed-wing test period brings the U.K. one step closer to carrier strike capabilities. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin by Dane Wiedmann)



I suppose this means that the Brits have not yet done any F-35B ski jump takeoffs from the HMS Queen Elizabeth.

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