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On Monday, the HMS Queen Elizabeth cast off for sea trials – her maiden voyage.
The QE Class aircraft carrier took eight years to construct (six years behind schedule) and cost the Royal Navy £3.5 billion. The result, though, is a ship longer than the Houses of Parliament and more powerful than anything in British naval history.
It is equipped to defend, not attack, so comes with the latest Phalanx close-in weapon system, 30mm guns and mini-guns. The ship also has its own police cells and hospital.
An infographic released by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance details the specifications of the boat:
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Here are some stats that put the Queen Elizabeth into perspective:
- The ship’s propellers will output enough power to run 1,000 cars. It’s taller than the Niagara Falls. The flight deck has enough space for three football pitches. The aircraft lifts can move two F-35 fighter jets from hanger to deck in 60 seconds – it could also lift the entire ship’s crew. The onboard power system could boil 300,000 kettles. It has 45 days’ worth of food in its stores.