The Last Jedi
HMS Queen Elizabeth is in Norfolk VA! Outstanding. Back on schedule I presume. I'll check to see if the USN has posted photos.
minutes later>>> nothing yet
minutes later>>> nothing yet
The Shipborne Rolling Vertical Landing (SRVL) is a British endeavour—a capability at least a decade in the making—that will allow pilots to return to ship with more stores on the aircraft after a mission.
It is a process designed to land jump-jet aircraft that uses both the vertical thrust from the jet engine and lift from the wings, thus maximising the payload an aircraft can return with and stopping the financial waste that comes with dropping expensive weaponry in the sea in order to land vertically.
Since June, The F-35 Patuxent River Integrated Test Force (ITF) team has focused on live flying workups refreshing their skills on day and night field carrier landing practices, ski jump takeoffs and vertical landings in preparation for the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth.
The team also conducted rolling vertical landings in preparation for another unique British development, according to a recent release.
“[Rolling vertical landings] are an important phase of the workups because another unique aspect of going to the Queen Elizabeth Class carrier is that we will be conducting experimental testing of a novel recovery landing technique—the Shipborne Rolling Vertical Landing” said Royal Air Force Sq. Ldr. Andy Edgell, FOCFT (FW) lead test pilot at the Pax River ITF.
“SRVL tests are truly experimental. It involves landing a fast jet onto an aircraft carrier with forward relative speed but without the braking assistance typically provided by an arresting gear and hook. It’s going to be a really rewarding moment for British aviation to watch that procedure actually take place.”
It can also reduce the level of wear on the lift engines and extend their operational life. Similarly, it can reduce the amount of wear upon the deck surface of a carrier caused by the downward jet exhaust from vertical landings.
Well there were some issues with the paint on the sides of the ship during build, it was thought to have been applied incorrectly and rectified before completion. I can only presume the paint was a new more durable formulation that needs more than just a team of sailors hanging over the side with rollers and brushes,,, Paint technology has moved on from what it was, Paint for the Marine environment especially so.Nice photos Obi Wan!!..I'd like to know if the Royal Navy contracted side cleaners to keep the ship looking so pristine. Or do they use a special paint? Curious.
US Navy aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman has resumed operations in the US 6th Fleet area of operations after returning to its Norfolk home in July for a month-long deployment pause.
The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) initially deployed to the European theater April 11, 2018, and returned to its homeport Naval Station Norfolk July 21, 2018, for what the navy termed as an extended working port visit.
The pause in what was usually a seven-month deployment is part of a new dynamic force employment concept which will allow the US Navy to be operationally unpredictable while remaining strategically predictable.
“We are thrilled to have the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group back in the US 6th Fleet area of operations and look forward to continuing to work with Rear Adm. Gene Black and his team as we conduct the full spectrum of maritime operations,” said Vice Adm. Lisa M. Franchetti, commander of US 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy.
The strike group got underway Aug. 28, completing training exercises and carrier qualifications in the Atlantic, to include participating in
The strike group which departed Norfolk, includes the flagship Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75); the nine squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1; Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60); and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28, USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) and USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98). Other Harry S. Truman CSG assets operating in the region include Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) and USS Farragut (DDG 99).