Feb 14, 2014
HMS Queen Elizabeth II carrier to be launched in July
HMS Queen Elizabeth is being built by a consortium of BAE Systems Surface Ships, Thales Group and Babcock Marine.
HMS Queen Elizabeth is to be commissioned in early 2017, with full operational capability from 2020.
HMS Queen Elizabeth is not fitted with steam catapults and arresting wires, so the vessel will be restricted to operating vertical takeoff and landing (V/STOL).
HMS Queen Elizabeth's air wing will consist of F-35B Lightning II fighter-bombers and Merlin helicopters for airborne early warning and anti-submarine warfare.