What are the Queen Elizabeth Class Carriers?
The Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier programme comprises two aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.
The carriers provide the UK with a mobile, versatile, and powerful platform for deploying air power wherever it is needed around the world. As the central vessels of the Royal Navy Carrier Strike Groups, these ships can deploy a range of aircraft including the cutting-edge F-35B Lightning II, as well as helicopters such as Merlins and Wildcats.
The F-35B is a short take-off and vertical landing fighter jet which can take off from and land on the carrier without the need for a long runway, giving the UK significant operational flexibility and range.
The ships are based in the UK and operate around the world as needed. They can support a wide range of operations, from disaster relief and humanitarian aid to combat missions and deterrence.
HMS Queen Elizabeth is the Fleet Flagship of the Royal Navy.