Sunk at Narvik wrote:Doesn't surprise me. I did tell you those light wells under the sponsons were anti-grav engines, but no-one believed me.
PhillyJ wrote:A long time ago I admit, but didn't she take out one of those 'trawlers' in an accident?Smokey wrote:HMS Ark Royal (IV) would frequently Transit the North Atlantic unescorted at the height of the Cold War.
Apart from a Soviet “fishing” trawler...
QEC Eye in the SKY wrote:Just to follow on from the previous two posts. Seems the 2SL was the first to highlight this the other day.
easydiver wrote:PRJ BOWS S
Royal Marines launch 'assault' from HMS Queen Elizabeth
A troop of Royal Marines from 42 Commando in Plymouth has embarked in the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier to prove the process of launching them by helicopter to conduct operations ashore.
Marines from Lima Company and supporting elements from HMS Queen Elizabeth’s Ship’s Company have been called to ‘Assault Stations’ for the very first time, on exercise.
The troops were processed from their accommodation, through the ship, collecting kit, including weapons and ammunition in a carefully orchestrated process, in through the massive hangar and onto the flight deck to simulate being launched ashore by helicopter.
The Royal Navy’s amphibious assault capability has to now been provided by assault ships HMS Bulwark and Albion and the Landing Platform Helicopter (LPH), HMS Ocean.
Whilst HMS Queen Elizabeth does not have the surface assault capability with landing craft of the specialist ships, her four-acre flight deck provides plenty of scope from which to project manpower and equipment ashore using the variety of helicopters she will be able to host.
The ship is currently at sea conducting trials which will determine the operating parameters of several different helicopters, including Merlin Mk2, Mk3 and Mk4, Merlin Crowsnest, Chinook, Apache and Wildcat.