Pubblicato in: Armamenti, Devoluzione socialismo

Portaerei Queen Elisabeth. Imbarca acqua da falle e non ha aerei.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-12-21.

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Fosse successo in Russia, tutti i progettisti sarebbero già stati deportati in Siberia.

Fosse successo in Cina, progettisti e maestranze sarebbero già da lungo tempo in un Laogai.

Ma è successo nel Regno Unito, quindi tutto è stato messo a tacere.

La portaerei HMS Queen Elisabeth, appena varata, imbarca acqua da falle nello scafo.

«It is clearly embarrassing.

The big question is whether the leak can be fixed while it is still in the water.»

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Ma i problemi non arrivano mai da soli.

«No planes.

News of the leak comes after MPs raised concerns over the costs of the F-35 jet aircraft that will fly off HMS Queen Elizabeth.

HMS Queen Elizabeth cannot currently deploy planes but the Lightning fighter jets are due to make their first trial flights from the carrier’s deck next year, with 120 air crew being trained in the US.»

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Domandiamoci adesso a cosa serva una porterei senza catapulte degne di quel nome, che ha lo scafo, che avrebbe dovuto essere pesantemente corazzato, che imbarca acqua, e, guarda caso, che non può imbarcare aerei.

«Queen Elizabeth cannot currently deploy planes»

La risposta è semplice.

È servita e serve a mantenere i burocrati ed i funzionari che hanno sorvegliato i lavori.


Bbc. 2017-12-19. HMS Queen Elizabeth: Leak found on new aircraft carrier

The UK’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is leaking because of a faulty seal.

The Royal Navy’s future flagship, which was commissioned by the Queen earlier this month in Portsmouth, has a problem with one of its propeller shafts.

The fault on the £3.1bn carrier was first identified during sea trials.

A Royal Navy spokesman said the ship is scheduled for repair and the fault does not prevent it from sailing again early in the new year.

According to the Sun newspaper, HMS Queen Elizabeth has been taking on up to 200 litres of sea water every hour because of the fault.

BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale said the problem was “highly embarrassing” for the Royal Navy and was just one of a number of snags still to be rectified.

A Royal Navy spokesman said: “An issue with a shaft seal has been identified during HMS Queen Elizabeth’s sea trials; this is scheduled for repair while she is alongside at Portsmouth.

“It does not prevent her from sailing again and her sea trials programme will not be affected.”

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said the cost of the repair would be funded by the contractors that built it.

He added: “This is the reason why we have the sea trials, to make sure that everything is working absolutely perfectly. This is something that work is currently ongoing to deal with.”

BAE Systems, which assembled HMS Queen Elizabeth at its dockyard in Fife, said the repair would be done in the new year and take a few days.

The company said: “It is normal practice for a volume of work and defect resolution to continue following vessel acceptance. This will be completed prior to the nation’s flagship re-commencing her programme at sea in 2018.”

Rear Admiral Chris Parry, a former director of operational capability at the Ministry of Defence, said the headlines were “very embarrassing” but the leak “in reality is no big deal”.

“You expect to take some water in when you’re operating a warship at sea,” he told the BBC.

“It’s been out for sea trials, it’s been under pressure. They’ve been testing all their systems to the extremes and I’m afraid to say this is what happens at sea.”

The 900ft (280m) long HMS Queen Elizabeth entered its home port of Portsmouth for the first time in August after starting two months of sea trials from Rosyth.

It is the first of the UK’s new generation of aircraft carriers.

A second carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, is externally complete but it will take 18 months to fit its internal systems at Rosyth and it will be 2019 before the ship can begin sea trials.

No planes

News of the leak comes after MPs raised concerns over the costs of the F-35 jet aircraft that will fly off HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The UK has begun a £9.1bn programme to buy 48 of the F-35s by 2025 from US giant Lockheed Martin.

But the Commons defence select committee said there has been an “unacceptable lack of transparency” over the jets, with one estimate suggesting each plane will cost more than £150m.

HMS Queen Elizabeth cannot currently deploy planes but the Lightning fighter jets are due to make their first trial flights from the carrier’s deck next year, with 120 air crew being trained in the US.

The carrier was built in blocks across six yards around the country – Govan, Scotstoun, Appledore, Cammell Laird in Liverpool, A&P in Newcastle and Portsmouth – before being assembled at Rosyth.

A new national shipbuilding strategy was unveiled by then Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon in September.

The government has said it plans to buy at least five new Type 31e frigates by 2023, and share the work between shipyards across the country.

The first batch of new ships will bolster the Royal Navy fleet, but it is hoped foreign navies will buy ships from the UK in future.

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