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This HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier Wiki (“fan fun” page) is about the UK’s new R08 and R09 QE-class carriers – the Queen’s 21st century battleships.

Read here latest news on the construction progress, numerous facts, statistics and specifications, with a ton of photos, infographics and amazing videos. It’s all about the “pride and joy” of the British Royal Navy – the UK aircraft carriers of the future – being built now!

HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier Wiki

The UK’s new aircraft carriers of the QE-class as project started under the name “CV Future”, or simply “CVF”.
CVF Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier UK

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QE-class aircraft carriers details, specifications, statistics

Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier engines, power, propulsion

HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier power plant

QE aircraft carriers power plant (by Jeff Lord)

The list of all engines and propulsion systems to be installed on the two new UK aircraft carriers QE-class includes:

QE aircraft carriers powered by Rolls Royce

Both QE-class UK aircraft carriers have the most powerful gas turbine in the world. HMS Queen Elizabeth power output is 109 MW (total). This absolutely stunning power generation capability features the two 120-tonne Rolls-Royce MT30 marine gas turbine engines (details and specs at Rolls-Royce.com).

HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier engine Rolls Royce MT30 marine gas turbine

Rolls Royce MT30 marine gas turbine engine

Each of the HMS QE ship’s 2 gas turbines (the MT30 model was firstly produced in 2002) generates 36 MW – enough to power a small town. Both gas marine turbines will provide the power for the 2 propellers, weapons, sensors, command systems, the lower voltage requirements of the ship’s company. The MT30 turbine was engineered to meet the needs of both naval ships and commercial marine vessels. The list of its naval applications includes frigates, destroyers, and of course – aircraft carriers. The gas turbine main features are:

In 2012 the Rolls-Royce company repackaged the MT30 turbine so that it would fit into smaller ships. The company will offer the MT30 model to the Royal navy for the CODLOG system in the RN’s Type 26 frigates (their construction to start in 2015). The MT30 engine design is based on Rolls-Royce Trent 800 aero engine, which achieved a 44% share of Boeing’s 777 program.

QE aircraft carriers engines Wartsila 38

Both QE-class aircraft carriers’ propulsion systems feature as prime movers Wartsila 38 marine diesel engine . This is a high technology level and revolutionary design (as both engine and power plant around it) to achieve lowest possible kilowatt-hour production cost. This engine’s best features, in comparison to other models, and general specifications are:

QE aircraft carriers engine Wartsila 38 (14 cylinder version)

Wartsila 38 diesel engine

On both new UK aircraft carriers QE-class (R08 and R09) will be installed a modified 14-cylinder version with inline 6 cylinders:

The Finish company Wärtsilä (in 2014 celebrating its 180th anniversary, website Wartsila.com) has in its products list also the most powerful diesel engine the world has ever seen – the “Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C”. This is a turbocharged 2-stroke diesel engine generally designed to provide the propulsion force for the world’s largest container ships and supertankers.

QE aircraft carriers propulsion

HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier propulsion motor

QE aircraft carriers propulsion motor (1 of 4)

Both new UK aircraft carriers have an IFEP propulsion system (“Integrated Full Electric Propulsion”) consisting of of 4 x 20MW (27000 HP) AIM electric motors (“Advanced Induction Motor”) by Converteam UK. These motors are similar to those on the “Type 45″ Royal Navy destroyers (only UK destroyers use 2 motors, 1 per shaft). The AIM motors are driven by a Converteam VDM 25000 modulated converter able to produce various frequencies, which allows controlling the shaft speed across the operating range and eliminates the gearbox unit in the propulsion system.

HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier propulsion infographic

QE aircraft carriers propulsion scheme

The mentioned above 2 x Wartsila 16V38 engines power the ConverTeam generators (positioned low in the ship for stability reasons), while the 2 MT30 turbines are installed higher in the structure (shortening air/exhausts down-uptakes). The all 4 propulsion motors (per aircraft carrier, 2 per shaft) are positioned in 3 separate compartments. This design is for better survivability and damage control. The US company L-3 Communications Holdings is the supplier of the command and control propulsion power system (controlling the turbo and diesel generator sets).

HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier armament (weapons, air arms)

QE Armament

(maximum) 40 Aircraft

UK future aircraft carrier QE-class technology

Follows an amazing CGI (computer generated) YouTube video (release by Sorenson Media). It features life on board the ship, armament, concise review of the whole QE-class aircraft carriers UK project, its participants and construction sites. You guys gonna love it!

The new UK aircraft carriers builders

Note: All links are to the companies’ official websites.

HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier construction 2013 news

The newest Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier is being built in (or rather assembled from) 9 huge sections (construction work is done at 6 different shipbuilding yards around the UK – Rosyth, Portsmouth, Govan, Devon, Tyne and Wear, Birkenhead), then parts are transported onto sea-going barges to the Rosyth’s shipyard Babcock (dry-dock No1) to be welded together. Similar method is being used to build the newest largest cruise ships as well. Rosyth is located north of Edinburgh, it’s dry-dock 1 was specially-extended to fit the Royal Navy Future Aircraft Carrier (CVF) – the dock’s entrance was enlarged, dredging is also under way at Portsmouth (their home base) to make the existing channel deeper and wider.UK aircraft carriers news updates

Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier progress 2014 news

HMS QE aircraft carrier construction process

This is an YouTube video showing how the new UK aircraft carriers are being built (the proper word is probably “assembled”) by fitting blocks together to create both hull and superstructure. It also features an absolute silence, which I guess is intentionally done – to sharpen concentration ;)

An at the end – another “better concentration by silence” YouTube video (almost 11 minutes long). It will show you the “ground view” perspective with all the “crane moving stuff” features of the HMS QE construction process. For me it’s way too long, but still, those of you more “technology minded” probably will enjoy it. It’s a huge work, doing this simulation, so – here it is.

HMS Queen Elizabeth position

This is a VesselFinder tracker for HMS Queen Elizabeth carrier’s current position (tracking her IMO number 4907892).

Note: You won’t be able to track HMS QE ship location if her AIS equipment is not switched on.


Even nowadays, aircraft carriers remain the ultimate symbol of a nation’s naval power. By the words of Geoff Searle, the program director for the ACA, battleships like HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier “are a significant diplomatic tool – they can go anywhere and do anything” – one colossal mobile airfield that you can park anywhere. At the staggering cost of over 5,5 billion dollars each, the two new UK aircraft carriers of the QE-class cost as much as 10 big cruise ships – each! So the whole QE-class project is like building a really huge fleet for a brand new cruise line! For comparison, the largest companies in the industry – Carnival and Royal Caribbean, each have a fleet of, respectively, 24 and 23  cruise ships (data 2014). You can like and share our UK aircraft carriers survey on Her Majesty’s largest battleships ever via our social buttons. Visit us again soon for updates and the latest news on HMS QE aircraft carrier. Good luck to the UK’s mighty warships of the future!

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