Brit carriers compared

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Here we see the new and incomplete carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (left), compared to old and retiring flat top HMS Illustrious (right) on July 4, 2014 at the naming ceremony for the vessel. If the QE looks three times the size of the 22,000-ton “Lusty”, that because she is.

The 65,000-ton Queen Elizabeth is planned to commission in early 2017 and will be the lead ship of the Queen Elizabeth-class of aircraft carrier, the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy and capable of carrying up to forty (40) aircraft, although the RN only plans to buy as few as 14 F-35 fighters for the ship. When completed she will be the largest and most capable non-U.S carrier afloat with the Russian Admiral Kuznetsov and Chinese half-sister Liaoning being longer overall but marginally lighter in displacement.

Rule Britannia.

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