Aircraft Carrier

  • With the press of a button, Britain's second supercarrier hit a major milestone as HMS Prince of Wales fired up her four Wärtsilä diesel generators for the first time under the supervision of 40 Royal Navy and civilian engineers and pumped out 11 megawatts each, or enough to supply a town of 25,000.
  • The French Navy has announced that it will replace the nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle when it reaches the end of its service life in the 2030s and has ordered an 18-month study to determine the architecture of one or more new carriers that will take the place of the French flagship.
  • The Royal Navy re-entered the strike carrier business as the first two F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters touched down on the flight deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth on September 25 on the first of more than 500 take-offs and landings scheduled over the next 11 weeks.
  • The British supercarrier HMS Queen Elizabeth joined the Royal Navy today. On the hangar deck of the 65,000-tonne ship, Captain Jerry Kyd read the commissioning warrant confirming her as an active part of the fleet and the White Ensign and commissioning pennants were raised for the first time.
  • Britain's second giant aircraft carrier took a major step today from collection of steel to active warship, as she was formally christened at the Rosyth shipyard. During a ceremony, the Duchess of Cornwall released a bottle of 10-year-old whisky to break against the hull of the 65,000 tonne vessel.
  • The Royal Navy's largest-ever warship came home for the first time, as HMS Queen Elizabeth entered her new homeport of Portsmouth. The 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier was met early this morning by flag-waving crowds as she squeezed through the narrow passage by Portsmouth’s Round Tower.
  • The USS Gerald R Ford scored a double first less than a week after commissioning, as the nuclear-powered supercarrier launched and recovered a fighter plane for the first time using an electromagnetic catapult.
  • Another line was written in the history books today as the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy set sail for the first time. Under the guidance of a flotilla of super tugs, the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth set out on her first six-week sea trial off the northeast coast of Scotland.
  • The US Navy Office of Naval Research is sponsoring the development of a digital aid called the Deployable Ship Integration Multitouch System that will allow aircraft handlers to sort out the best way to use a carrier's flight deck and hangar without relying on a "Ouija board."
  • Aircraft carriers are in the news these days. The US and Britain are scheduled to commission the first of two new carrier classes and many others are building their own. With all this activity, it seems as if the new age of the aircraft carrier is dawning. New Atlas hits the deck to find out.