HMS Queen Elizabeth: Portsmouth arrival date confirmed

Claudine Rigal
Août 14, 2017

The incident comes after drones have been used to monitor military bases, conduct acts of sabotage, and even kill.

The photographer took the oppportunity to take footage of the new aircraft carrier when it arrived in Invergordon last month, piloting his DJI Phantom drone from the other side of the Cromarty Firth. The drone pilot then took a photograph and managed to take off again.

The photo taken on the flight deck is available on the BBC site here.

According to the pilot, "I could have carried two kilos of Semtex and left it on the deck of Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier".

After picking up the drone, the photographer made a decision to confess and went to speak with police guarding the ship.

In an interview with the BBC, the pilot said there was nothing stopping him dropping explosives on the ship, and that the ease of his landing exposed a major security risk. No one seemed too concerned.

The pilot said he contacted security staff at the port in Invergordon and was told his concerns would be "passed up the chain of command".

"This incident has been reported to Police Scotland, an investigation is under way and we stepped up our security measures in light of it".

With its massive lift fan, the US Marine Corps' F-35B can takeoff from a flat-deck carrier in a short distance and land vertically, but with the Queen Elizabeth's ski-jump platform, the F-35B can takeoff with heavier load outs and more fuel.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is the United Kingdom's newest aircraft carrier, and the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy. A second carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, is now under construction.

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