KyleG wrote:I don't believe the CIWS and other weapon systems have been installed yet, but happy to be corrected if I'm wrong.
CIWS, 30mms and some of the kit relating to operating the F35 is the last to be installed I believe. It is heading north during the first part of 2018 for rough sea trials and helicopter certifications, before heading back to port for final work, which I believe involves adding some final gear to make her ready for operating the F35. Then over to the US towards the end of the year for F35 trials. Not sure when the CIWS and 30mms will be installed, most likely before the rough sea trials considering it is commissioned today.
Good to know that HMS QE will be able to conduct helicopter operations if needed by mid way through next year. Then limited F35 operations from the end of next year as well.