F-35B land on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time
- September 30, 2018
The F-35B fighter have taken off and landed on the HMS Queen Elizabeth, Royal Navy aircraft carrier, for the first time.
The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “The largest warship in British history is joining forces with the most advanced fighter jets on the planet.”
“It is also a statement of Britain’s determination to promote peace and prevent war.”
The landings mark the start of more than 500 take-offs and landings set to take place from the warship over the next 11 weeks.
Able to embark up to 24 of the supersonic jets, HMS Queen Elizabeth provides the Royal Navy with a capability possessed by few others.
The jets will be put through their paces over the coming weeks in a range of sea and weather conditions. Having then completed the trials, which are taking place off the east coast of the United States, the giant aircraft carrier is expected to visit New York.
The carrier is set to be deployed on global operations from 2021.