To coincide with the official naming ceremony of HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Air Power Group has published a discussion paper on the current and future of maritime air power in the United Kingdom.

On 4 July, the first of the UK's new Queen Elizabeth-class carriers is set to be launched, which represents an important milestone in restoring Britain's naval power. Following a seminar held at No.4 Hamilton Place in October 2013, which brought together senior officers from across the Armed Forces as well as leaders of industry, the RAeS Air Power Group have produced this paper with the aim of taking a dispassionate look at a contentious area of UK defence at a pertinent time for decision-making.

Air Marshal Iain W McNicoll CB CBE FRAeS, Chairman of the Air Power Group says:

"The launch of HMS Queen Elizabeth on the 4th of July is a milestone in UK maritime air power, but it is only a part of a complex web of capability.  The Air Power Group of the Royal Aeronautical Society has examined all of that complexity, both now and into the future, noting the difficult choices that have been made, and the ones still to come, if the UK is to meet the ambitions outlined in the National Security Strategy, and the capabilities required by Future Force 2020.  The Air Power Group intends this paper to stimulate debate and welcomes views and comments on it."

The paper can be downloaded at www.aerosociety.com/MaritimeAirPowerPaper and the Society welcomes your views to stimulate further discussion and a way forward to address future requirements.

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Notes to Editors:
1. The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) is the world’s only professional body dedicated to the entire aerospace community. The Society promotes the highest professional standards in all aerospace disciplines; provides specialist information; acts as a central forum for the exchange of ideas; and plays a leading role in influencing opinion on aerospace matters.

2. The RAeS Air Power Group promotes interest in the study of air power and enables the Society to offer views on air power topics. It is composed of serving and retired members from all the Armed Services, from academia and from industry. More information at www.aerosociety.com/AirPower

3. To download a copy of the paper visit www.aerosociety.com/MaritimeAirPowerPaper

4. Read more on Carrier Countdown from Tim Robinson, Editor-in-Chief of AEROSPACE magazine who recently talked with some of the engineers responsible for putting the 'air' in aircraft carrier.

Emma Bossom
4 July 2014