HMS Queen Elizabeth was delayed by waves and winds caused by Hurricane Florence on its way to Norfolk, Virginia.
Maryland – my home state – represents!
“The British Royal Navy’s £3.5 billion ($4.5 billion) aircraft carrier had left the UK for America on August 18, to start September training with F-35B jets based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, the Royal Navy wrote on its official website.
Video clip of HMS Queen Elizabeth leaving Portsmouth:
“The stop in Norfolk, the second after a pit-stop in Florida on September 5, is the aircraft carrier’s last before it goes to Maryland for F35B jet training.“
The journey was not all smooth sailing, thanks to Hurricane Florence:
“[The Royal Navy] said HMS Queen Elizabeth passed to the south of the Hurricane’s eye but still met four meter swells, five meter waves, and winds of 46 mph.”
An earlier article (“Britain’s newest and most powerful aircraft carrier is headed to America to train with F-35s for the first time“) had noted that
“Britain’s newest and most powerful aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is on its way to America to train with F-35 jets for the first time,” and that “The deployment is significant because it will mark the first fighter jet landing on a British aircraft carrier in eight years.”
Video of F-35 vs the earlier, British-made, carrier-based fighter, the AV-8B Harrier II:
“The first landing on the HMS Queen Elizabeth will happen at the end of September, according to the Portsmouth News. The jets are expected to perform 500 take-offs and landings over an 11-week period, the Royal Navy said…”
“HMS Queen Elizabeth is the third largest aircraft carrier in the world at 280 meters long and a weight of 65,000 tonnes. In total, there will be about 1,500 people on board, the Portsmouth News reported.”
“It is expected to be on active duty in 2021.”
Additional information, from the “Save the Royal Navy” website:
- F-35B the right choice and the only choice for the Royal Navy (January 13, 2017)
- Getting jets to sea – more squadrons, more pilots please (August 3, 2017)
- Photo & video essay: The aircraft carrier’s main armament, first F-35s arrive in the UK (June 7, 2018)
- First trials of F-35 aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth begin this autumn (July 9, 2018)
- HMS Queen Elizabeth sails for the United States – here’s the plan (August 18, 2018)
- HMS Queen Elizabeth Westlant 18 deployment – Part 1 (September 6, 2018)
- Hurricanes and Lightnings. HMS Queen Elizabeth Westlant 18 deployment – Part 2 (September 19, 2018).