Photo: UK’s F-35B visits new homes in Rosyth, Norfolk

first_img View post tag: QE class View post tag: Royal Navy Authorities Photo: Royal NavyAfter making the historic transatlantic passage and arriving to Britain on June 29, the F-35B Lightning II, flew over its prospective homes: HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMS Prince of Wales in Rosyth and RAF Marham in Norfolk on July 1.The carriers will provide over four-acres of sovereign territory which can be deployed around the world, travelling at upwards of 500 nautical miles a day. Both ships are capable of carrying up to 36 F-35B Lightning II stealth jets.The head of the Fleet Air Arm, Rear Admiral Keith Blount OBE, said, “Today marks a significant milestone in the nation’s return to aircraft carrier aviation and carrier strike.“Both ships have been designed from the keel up to operate with the F-35B and the RAF and Royal Navy are working ever closer to see fixed-wing aircraft once more operating from Royal Navy Aircraft Carriers. I feel very proud to be part of it.”Following the flypast at the QEC, the aircraft flew on to RAF Marham, Norfolk.In front of personnel from the Station and invited local guests, the F-35B completed a flypast, demonstrating what the station can expect when Marham becomes its home base in 2018.The Station has already started to prepare for the aircraft’s arrival with work to provide the necessary infrastructure and support facilities. View post tag: F-35B Lightning II Share this article Photo: UK’s F-35B visits new homes in Rosyth, Norfolk July 4, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today Photo: UK’s F-35B visits new homes in Rosyth, Norfolk last_img read more

Djokovic, Nadal through to Australian Open second round

first_imgDEFENDING champion Novak Djokovic reached the second round of the Australian Open tennis yesterday by beating Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in straight sets.The 12-time Grand Slam champion secured a 6-1, 7-6(7-4), 6-2 victory in an entertaining match in Melbourne.World number nine Rafael Nadal earlier reached the second round with a commanding display.The injury-hit Spaniard, who lost in the first round last year, beat Germany’s Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.World number two Djokovic will next face Denis Istomin or Ivan Dodig while Nadal, attempting to win his first Grand Slam title since 2014, will play Marcos Baghdatis.‘MELBOURNE FEELS LIKE HOME’Djokovic, 29, was hardly stretched as he took the first set inside 31 minutes as Verdasco, who received warm support from the crowd, badly mistimed several shots.But Verdasco broke straightaway in the second set, putting Djokovic under pressure. He eventually forced a tie-break despite a slew of unforced errors.However, his inconsistency meant he could not capitalise on Djokovic’s errors and the Serb went on to secure his place in the second round.“It feels like home,” said Djokovic. “It feels like coming to the place where I have an amazing number of incredible memories.“When I saw the draw I thought to myself, this is going to be the only match I could focus on.”IMPRESSIVE NADAL CRUISES THROUGHNadal, 30, had played just four matches since September’s US Open after struggling last year with a wrist injury.He dominated Mayer from the start, taking just over two hours to secure a straight-sets victory in 39 degree heat.“I was healthy enough to practise the way I wanted to, so that’s important for me,” Nadal added.“I’ve had a longer period of time here in Australia; it was a great experience and I was able to play in Brisbane.”RAONIC AND DIMITROV MAKE SECOND ROUNDThird seed Milos Raonic went through with a comfortable 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Germany’s Dustin Brown.The 26-year-old Canadian, a semi-finalist last year, hit 18 aces and 46 winners, and will next face either Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller or American Taylor Fritz.Brisbane International champion Grigor Dimitrov beat Australia’s Christopher O’Connell 7-6(2), 6-3, 6-3, while France’s Richard Gasquet also advanced after a 6-4, 6-4 ,6-2 over Australian Blake Mott.HISTORY ON COURT 19Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic and Argentine Horacio Zeballos played out a mammoth match on court 19 lasting five hours and 14 minutes.Karlovic, the 20th seed, eventually took the fifth set 22-20 after a total of 84 games. He won 118 of the 226 points played.The match, which Karlovic won 6-7 (6-8), 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 22-20 is the longest at the Australian Open in terms of games since tie-breaks were introduced for the first four sets in the 1970s.It is the joint-second longest in terms of time, alongside Nadal’s semi-final win over Verdasco in 2009 and behind only Djokovic’s defeat of Nadal in the 2012 final.However, it falls almost six hours short of the longest match in history – John Isner taking 11 hours and five minutes to beat Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010 in a match decided 70-68 in the final set. (BBC Sport)last_img read more