Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carriers

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Technical lecture
19 September 2017 18:30 - 21:00
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The projection of air power from the sea is a vital military capability and the two new Queen Elizabeth  class aircraft carriers represent an important centrepiece to the UK’s Naval inventory.  The ships enable the perpetuation of the UK’s Carrier Strike capability, replacing the Invincible class.  This talk examines the requirement for Aircraft Carriers in general and explains the contractual construct of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance formed to build the ships.  The ship design is explained and a report made on the progress of the shipbuilding programme.  The challenges of supporting the ships once they enter service are outlined.

Andrew started his career as an Undergraduate/Graduate apprentice with Rolls Royce, working on the RB211 and advanced project performance prediction.  Afterwards he served 28 years in the Royal Navy as a Marine Engineer Officer.  Highlights of his naval career included a role as Squadron MEO for six Type 42 Destroyers, leader of RCM Implementation Team and finally deputy head of ILS (Navy).  He joined BAE Systems in 2002 on the Type 45 Destroyer support development team as Delivered Services Manager and then as Maintenance Services Manager.  He moved to the QE Class Support team in 2009 as Maintenance and Upkeep Lead Engineer and subsequently as Support Integration Manager and Support Delegated Design Authority.

Please arrive at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Parking is available using the university entrance off Queen Alexandra Road. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served prior to the lecture.

The event is free to attend and is open to all regardless of IMechE membership status. Please register to allow the organiser to cater for the numbers.



Buckinghamshire New University
Owen Harris Building
Queen Alexandra Rd
High Wycombe
HP11 2JZ
United Kingdom

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