Deputy Secretary in UK for Meetings
Deputy Secretary in UK for
Meetings, Carrier Christening
By Claudette Roulo, DoD News,
Defense Media Activity.
Washington D.C. – (DoD News) – July 3, 2014 – Deputy Defense
Secretary Bob Work arrived in London today for a series of discussions with
senior U.K. defense officials.
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work is escorted to the
U.K.’s Ministry of Defense by Permanent Secretary Jon Thompson in London, July
DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
While in England, Work met with his U.K. counterpart, Jon
Thompson, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Defense.
He also had meetings with Julian Miller, the deputy national
security advisor; British Army Gen. Nick Houghton, the chief of the defense
staff; and Philip Dunne, the minister for defense equipment, support and
A Defense Department spokesman said Work thanked the UK
government for its steadfast partnership in conducting joint military operations
and for its leadership role with NATO, to include hosting the upcoming NATO
summit in Wales.
Tomorrow, Work will attend the christening ceremony for the
U.K.’s newest aircraft carrier, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, in Rosyth, Scotland,
Also attending the ceremony with Work will be Chief of Naval
Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.
The ship is the largest ever built for the British Royal Navy
and is specially outfitted with a bow ramp to assist short takeoffs by the F-35B
Lightning II joint strike fighter. The ramp was designed by a joint British and
American team of contractors and allows the F-35B to carry a 20 percent larger
The aircraft carrier HMS Queen
Elizabeth under construction at Rosyth Dockyard in Scotland, Aug. 10, 2013. The
ship, the largest ever built for the Royal Navy, will be christened July 4 in a
ceremony attended by Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work.
U.K. Ministry of Defense photo by Andrew Linnett
The Queen Elizabeth will be one of the most technologically
advanced ships in the Royal Navy fleet. The automation of many processes means
that while the new carrier is nearly three times the size of the U.K.’s existing
light aircraft carriers, it will require about the same number of crew members
-- around 680 sailors.
In a break from the traditional Champagne, Queen Elizabeth II
will christen the ship with a bottle of whisky from Bowmore distillery in Islay,
Scotland, in honor of the carrier’s Scottish builders.
As part of the ceremony, the ship will be floated for the
first time. It will later be moved to a different part of the shipyard for
further outfitting. Sea trials are expected to begin in August 2016, and the
Royal Navy is scheduled to accept the ship in May 2017.
A second Queen Elizabeth-class carrier, the HMS Prince of
Wales, is under construction in a neighboring dry-dock and is scheduled to be
accepted in August 2019.
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