On Monday, the HMS Queen Elizabeth cast off for sea trials — her maiden voyage.
The QE Class aircraft carrier took eight years to construct (six years behind schedule) and cost the Royal Navy £3.5 billion. The result, though, is a ship longer than the Houses of Parliament and more powerful than anything in British naval history.
It is equipped to defend, not attack, so comes with the latest Phalanx close-in weapon system, 30mm guns and mini-guns. The ship also has its own police cells and hospital.
An infographic released by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance details the specifications of the boat:
Here are some stats that put the Queen Elizabeth into perspective:
- The ship’s propellers will output enough power to run 1,000 cars.
- It’s taller than the Niagara Falls.
- The flight deck has enough space for three football pitches.
- The aircraft lifts can move two F-35 fighter jets from hanger to deck in 60 seconds — it could also lift the entire ship’s crew.
- The onboard power system could boil 300,000 kettles.
- It has 45 days’ worth of food in its stores.
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