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Aircraft Carriers for the Future - 81st Thomas Lowe Gray Lecture

13 May 2009

The 81st Thomas Lowe Gray Memorial Lecture will be delivered by RAdm Nigel Guild on 'Aircraft Carriers for the Future'. In the Centenary year of Naval Aviation, the lecture will take a look at the evolution of aircraft carriers, studying their past, present and future.

RAdm Guild will begin by examining key engineering achievements such as the angled deck, arrestor wires, catapults and mirror landing sight. He will then discuss the Harrier jump jet and the Royal Navy’s relatively small Invincible class - in comparison with the US Navy’s Nimitz class nuclear carriers - and move on to cover the present UK requirement for Carrier Strike.

The talk will also update you on the projects to deliver the Joint Strike Fighter and Future Carrier into UK service, with emphasis on the delivery of joint capability. The ways these projects have seen technology develop will provide insight into the future direction of carrier aviation.



: RAdm Nigel Guild retired from the Royal Navy this year after 42 years’ service. His final appointment was as Senior Responsible Owner for Carrier Strike in the Ministry of Defence from 2003 to 2009, during which time he was also Chief Naval Engineer Officer and first Chairman of the Defence Nuclear Safety Board.

Shore appointments in the Procurement Executive, up to Project Director for Combat Systems, led to a key role in the team implementing Smart Acquisition. When promoted to Rear Admiral in January 2000, he was an Executive Director of the Defence Procurement Agency and Controller of the Navy.

Earlier in his career, as a Weapon Engineer Officer, he served at sea in HM Ships HERMES, EURYALUS and BEAVER as well as on the staff of Flag Officer Sea Training.

Admiral Guild is Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, IET, IMarEST and IMA, Vice Chairman of the Engineering Council UK and President Elect of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.

Duration: 1 hr 16 mins