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  1. Facts and Figures Displacement: 65,000 tons Length: 920ft (280m) Beam: 230ft (70m) Draught: 36ft (11m) Speed: 25+ knots Complement: 682 (up to 1,600 with embarked air group) Propulsion: 2 x Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbines and 4 x diesel generator sets producing a total of 110MWe Range: 8,000-10,000 nautical miles Armament: Phalanx automated close-in weapons systems,
30mm guns and mini-guns to counter seaborne threats Aircraft: Tailored air group of up to 40 aircraft: F35B Lightning II, plus Merlin and Chinook helicopters Builder: BAE Systems Surface Ships / Thales Group / Babcock Marine Laid down: 7 July 2009 Launched: summer 2014 (planned) Commissioned: early 2017 (planned) Homeport: Portsmouth Motto: Semper Eadem ("Always the Same") Rumours and News 04/11/2013 Britain's two new aircraft carriers are going to cost even more than originally thought, according to the Financial Times. The new price has gone up by an extra £800m. This equates to £3.1bn each, E3.6bn, US$5bn Source - BBC news 22/10/13 Some of the new crew ran from Rosyth dockyard, where the 65,000-tonne warship is over 80% complete, exactly 100 years to the day the only previous bearer of the name was launched. They raised £250 for charity. The previous bearer of the name was a super-dreadnought which served in both world wars. Source - Royal Navy 03/09/13 Current crew complement for the vessel alone is 679 sailors, compared to 3,200 for a Nimitz-class carrier of the U.S. Navy. Harding said such savings were possible through the use of greater automation. He described the weapon-handling system as similar to that found in an “Amazon.com warehouse.” Source - Aviation week References http://www.royalnavy...cts-and-Figures http://en.wikipedia...._Elizabeth_(R08) http://www.aviationw...3_p0-615007.xml http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24801750