Here is the Royal Navy's new toy. The Aircraft Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth was named earlier this month and floated for the first time last week. It is, as is the way with these things, still years away from active service. P7210602 Having taken this picture I went online to find out a bit more about her and found that she's to be stocked with mainly F-35B V/STOL aircraft which is a variant of the Lockheed Lightning II. Various sources say that the vertical takeoff and landing components are so weak that that capability should only be used occasionally but the tyres are poorly designed and don't stand up to repeated conventional takeoffs and landings. HMS Queen Elizabeth also has neither arrestor cables nor ski-jumps so vertical is the only option. Also apparently the UK has 3 F-35s already (I don't know which variant) but they won't be commissioned until 2018. What the hell are they doing with them? Imagine buying a new car but not using it for 5 years!!?? Here's a joke for you - Military Procurement.