HMS Queen Elizabeth meet USS Iwo Jima, last year HMS Queen Elizabeth meet USS George H.W. Bush.
Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has reached the United States for planned F-35B flight trials. the ship arrived at Mayport Florida for its first port call on Westland18 to re-supply before beginning final preparations for F-35B when she will land fast jets on deck for the first time
HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)
HMS Queen Elizabeth is the lead ship of the Queen Elizabeth class of aircraft carriers, the largest warships ever built for the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom and capable of carrying up to 60 aircraft.
The ship began sea trials in June 2017 and was commissioned on 7 December 2017. Her first Commanding Officer is Commodore Jerry Kyd, who had previously commanded the carriers HMS Ark Royal and HMS Illustrious. As Captain of HMS Queen Elizabeth, Kyd will wear the Royal Navy rank of Captain while retaining the substantive rank of Commodore.
Queen Elizabeth has no catapults or arrestor wires and is instead designed to operate V/STOL aircraft; the air wing will typically consist of F-35B Lightning II multirole fighters and Merlin helicopters for airborne early warning and anti-submarine warfare. The design emphasizes flexibility, with accommodation for 250 Royal Marines and the ability to support them with attack helicopters and large troop transports such as Chinooks. She is the second Royal Navy vessel to bear the name Queen Elizabeth and is based at HMNB Portsmouth.
USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7)
USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) is a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship of the United States Navy. The ship was named for the Battle of Iwo Jima of World War II. The ship was commissioned in 2001 and is currently in service.
The ship’s motto, “Uncommon Valor”, is based on Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz’s words when he spoke of Sailors and Marines who fought at Iwo Jima: “Among the Americans who served on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue.”