HMCS Super Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier

HMCS Super Queen Elizabeth, the lead ship of the class.

Class overview

Irving Shipbuilding Incorporated

Operators: Royal Canadian Navy
Preceded by: HMCS Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier
In commission: 2011-Present
In service: 2011-Present
Building: 0

HMCS Super Queen Elizabeth

HMCS Prince of Wales

HMCS Duke of Edinburgh

HMCS Queen Elizabeth

HMCS Future Canadian aircraft carrier

Completed: 5
Active: 5
Laid up: 0
Retired: 0
Scrapped: 0
General characteristics
Type: Supercarrier

93,000 tonnes (92,000 long tons) standard

105,000 tonnes (104,000 long tons) deep load

Length: 325 m
Beam: 48 m (waterline)

90 m overall

Draught: 11 m (36 ft)
Decks: 18,800 m2 (195,000 sq ft)
Speed: +25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)
Range: 10,000 nautical miles (19,000 km; 12,000 mi)
Capacity: 1,850
Complement: 1000
Sensors and

processing systems:

Armament: Phalanx CIWS

30mm guns and mini-guns to counter asymmetric threats.

Aircraft carried:

Tailored air group of up to 75 fixed-wing aircraft:

Aviation facilities: one large flight deck, a Hangar below deck, two sizeable aircraft lifts, two aircraft catapults.

The HMCS Super Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier supercarriers are a class of five supercarriers being built for the Royal Canadian Navy. With a overall lenght of 325 metres and with a tonnage of 93 000 tons standard (105,000 tons deep load), they are the largest capital ships ever in the Royal Canadian Navy being built by Canada (and even larger than the UK:s largest supercarriers of the Super Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier). A ship of this class carry 75 fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. The Navy is the only operator in America who operates very large aircraft carriers very close in size to the supercarriers in the United States Navy, and the fifth largest supercarrier operator in the world (after the Soviet Union, United States, Russia and the United Kingdom).

This class forms the very powerful Royal Canadian Naval Aviation of the Royal Canadian Navy with a strenght of 375 fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, giving Canada the status as a military superpower.