The UK Royal Navy’s newest Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is set to host two UK Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) scientists during its longest sea trial.
The two scientists, Tom and Hannah, will be on board the vessel as part of an analytic research team.
The aircraft carrier is currently on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic as it prepares for the first on board F-35B Lightning II flight trials.
Dstl operational analysts will be engaged in carrying out and providing major analysis to the battle group and commanders during the voyage.
F-35B flight trials will be conducted to demonstrate HMS Queen Elizabeth’s ability to use specially equipped test aircraft and sensors around the vessel that would help work out the operating parameters of both the aircraft and the carrier in a wide range of conditions
Tom said: “This is a fantastic opportunity, not only to be part of Dstl’s continued involvement with the carrier, but to join more than 1,000 military personnel on board.
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“It’s a huge craft and quite daunting, and also the first time I’ve deployed to sea, let alone on the Queen Elizabeth, but I’m very much looking forward to the tasks ahead and hopefully witness the F-35 jets on board and in action off the flight deck for the first time.”
HMS Queen Elizabeth has already carried out similar flight trials using the UK Navy helicopters.
During the F-35B trials, Dstl scientists will focus on operational analysis and will collect the necessary data that can be used to inform future operational activity.
The analysis will not only be used to provide analytic support to the carrier strike group and commanders but will also research on the different ways that manpower use can be improved, ranging from how efficiently the vessel can be cleaned to the sortie rates the fighter jets can carry out.