Meanwhile the QE is on her first operational deployment despite the RN having had no fast jets operationally deployed at sea for 11 years. Now I know she's a slightly smaller ship and conventionally powered, and half her airwing has been supplied by Uncle Sam, but the US has ten other carriers and loads of experience. I wonder if the delay is caused by the Ford design having too many new features, or the fact that the US has other carriers to call on and can wait to perfect this one. Either way it seems to be concerning that the ship still isn't operational after 4 years. I seem to recall the Nimitz not taking nearly as long.