HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier visits Naval Base of Singapore

According to a tweet published by Euan Graham on October 12, 2021, Royal Navy's HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier visits Changi Naval Base at Singapore with De Zeven Provinciën-class frigate HNLMS Evertsen.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier and HNLMS Evertsen, Singapore (Picture source: Twitter account of Euan Graham)

The HMS Queen Elizabeth is the first of the two Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers in service with the British Navy. The ship began sea trials in June 2017, was commissioned on 7 December 2017 and entered service with the British Navy in 2020.

The HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier weighs 65,000 tonnes and can reach a top speed of 25 knots (46 km/h). She can carry up to 72 aircraft, with a maximum capacity of 36 F-35B fighter jets. The ship has a flight deck of 280 m long and 70 m wide.

The HMS Queen Elizabeth has a crew of about 700, increasing to 1,600 when a full complement of F-35B jets and naval helicopters are embarked.

The HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier is able to carry up to forty aircraft, with a normal maximum load of thirty-six F-35s and four helicopters, but she has also a theoretical surge capacity of up to 72 aircraft. The aircraft carrier can be also used as a Maritime Force Protection package with nine anti-submarines Merlin HM2 and five Merlin Crowsnest able to conduct airborne early warning missions. The ship can also carry a mix of Royal Navy Commando Helicopter Force Merlin HC4, Wildcat AH1, RAF Chinooks, and Army Air Corps Apaches.

HNLMS Evertsen (F805) is the fourth De Zeven Provinciën-class frigate of the Royal Netherlands Navy, she is a highly sophisticated air defence frigate, equipped with weapons and sensors.