HMS (to be) QUEEN ELIZABETH

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HMS (to be) QUEEN ELIZABETH

Post by alasdairmac » Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:45 pm

The RN's new aircraft carrier is starting to take shape in the building dock at Rosyth on the Firth of Forth. Unfortunately I dont know of any really good vantage points for photography for the dock and so these three have all been taken from the south bank of the river at a distance of two or three miles.

The first two show some of the smaller hull sections waiting on their turn to be lowered into place, while in the third you can just make out part of the already assembled hull dwarfed by the crane which stradles the dock.
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This time from sea level
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Assembly progressing in the building dock

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Post by Deepol » Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:49 pm

There was a feature in one of the papers last week showing a section building at Govan which was quoted as being for PRINCE OF WALES so I guess there is nothing else to come from there for QE.
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Post by alasdairmac » Wed Aug 08, 2012 2:16 pm

Hi Paul, That's another press article researched with the diligence we have come to expect! The very large section peeking out of the building hall at Govan is their last for the Queen Elizabeth and I believe is due to be towed round to Rosyth this autumn.

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Post by Dennis Maccoy » Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:28 pm

The press might have got right for once - the large section at Govan is indeed the final major hull block for QUEEN ELIZABETH but the midships
block for PRINCE OF WALES is also already being assembled there.
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Post by jockie » Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:43 am

The ACA have their own section in Flickr, some excellent pictures of the build progress, You Tube is also worth a look.
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Post by Allan » Fri May 10, 2013 2:15 pm

BBC Scotland website is carrying the following today:-

New Royal Navy aircraft carrier begins to take shape

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22474019
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Post by Clydebuilt1971 » Tue May 14, 2013 1:01 pm

I also noticed what looked like a superstructure module on the quayside at Scotstoun last week.

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Post by jockie » Wed May 15, 2013 11:10 am

It is the Aft Island for the Ship, this is the Air Control Centre for the Carrier, it will be there for the 4 weeks before being shipped to Rosyth for installation on the Carrier.
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Post by Allan » Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:32 am

Anyone know when the Aft Island starts its journey from Scotstoun to Rosyth? Wonder if that's what the tug Dutch Pioneer, currently moored at Rosneath, is waiting for?
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Post by jockie » Wed Jun 05, 2013 7:12 am

The Aft Island departs from Scotstoun on the 14th June.
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Post by alasdairmac » Sat Nov 02, 2013 12:48 pm

Taking shape in the build dock at Rosyth. Both of the islands look to be in place but it's not clear if all of the hull sections are fully lined up yet - from what I can see, I don't think so.

As I said in an earlier post, it's not an easy location to get pictures of and this one was taken from the same location as previously, just outside the village of Newton on the south bank of the Forth - a distance of just under 3 miles - but this time with my 500mm lens paired with a x2 teleconverter.
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Post by Dennis Maccoy » Sat Nov 02, 2013 2:11 pm

All the major hull sections are fully aligned Alasdair - the gaps on the starboard side are in way of the aircraft lifts. There are also some sections of catwalk yet to erect and the last sections of the ramp on the flight deck.
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Post by Dennis Maccoy » Sat Nov 02, 2013 2:30 pm

The two grey objects on the dockside are the aircraft lift platforms.

That's an impressive lens combination and no visible camera-shake at an effective 1,000mm - you must have a rock-steady tripod or a seriously fast ISO.
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Post by alasdairmac » Sat Nov 02, 2013 2:38 pm

Hi Dennis. the lens is a fixed f8 and so f16 with the teleconverter. There was a brisk breeze and the camera was shaking like mad on the tripod so, even with the bright sunshine yesterday, I wound the ISO up to 3200 and that gave me a shutter speed of 1/4000 which was more than enough.

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Post by Dennis Maccoy » Sat Nov 02, 2013 3:38 pm

Thanks Alasdair - I've been thinking of replacing my Canon 350D with an updated version with a maximum 12,600 ISO - I think you've just convinced me - now all I need to do is convince Mrs M.
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Post by alasdairmac » Sat Nov 02, 2013 6:41 pm

Mine (Sony Alpha 55) goes up to 25600 although I've never been there! Need to experiment sometime. The one thing about modern digital SLRs is the low level of noise in shots at high ISO compared to film and so you really can bring ISO in to work effectively as an option to shutter and aperture without too much worry about losing quality. Its the only way I can get the fixed aperture 500mm lens, particularly with the teleconverter, to be useful.

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Post by yorkieman » Sat Nov 02, 2013 9:01 pm

Dennis Maccoy wrote:Thanks Alasdair - I've been thinking of replacing my Canon 350D with an updated version with a maximum 12,600 ISO - I think you've just convinced me - now all I need to do is convince Mrs M.
Now then Dennis, just who is the Head of the Household, who 'wears the trousers', who makes the big decisions, who controls the family budget, whose name is on the savings accounts, who excels at making the right decisions that can never be challenged ...... ?

OK, I see what you mean :(
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Post by Allan » Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:05 pm

Item on the BBC News website today –

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26292274

The queen is to name the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, on 4th July this year.
Later in July, the dock at Rosyth will be flooded to allow HMS Queen Elizabeth to float for the first time.
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Post by Allan » Wed Jul 02, 2014 2:22 pm

BBC News website today carries a short video report entitled "First look at UK's new aircraft carrier", this ahead of the naming ceremony on Friday.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28125835
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Post by Allan » Tue Dec 08, 2015 1:59 pm

BBC News webite today carrying a video report of the inside of the Carrier, reckoned to be complete by this time next year.
Certainly well progressed since the last one.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35035097
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Post by Allan » Fri May 20, 2016 10:01 pm

Update today on the BBC website -

Nearly there..........

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36339743
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Post by alasdairmac » Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:55 pm

Three shots of her exiting the Rosyth dockyard yesterday. The first shows her mast lowered to allow her to pass under the Forth Rail Bridge at low tide, which was due at around midnight. With the amount of time and effort needed to get her out of the basin and into the river I suspect that bringing her back there will not be a routine occurrence.
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Mast lowered for the transit under the bridges.
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Almost there
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Out into the river ready to be towed to a temporary anchorage to await low water at midnight.

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