Construction of the Royal Navy’s second Queen Elizabeth-class V/STOL aircraft carrier, the HMS Prince of Wales R09, has reached a milestone after the 26,500 ton forward half of the vessel was successfully joined to another 12,000 ton central section at Babcock Rosyth Facilities.The forward half was moved 17m on a specialised hydraulic system to meet the other section resulting in a perfect connecting of the two halves of the ship.
Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA) build and assembly manager Tom Niven said:
…this is the final operation of its type on the programme and the heaviest section anyone in the UK has had to move.
Weighing 65,000t and featuring a flight deck spanning around 4.5 acres, the QE-class carriers can operate F-35B Lightning II Vertical/Short Take-off and Landing (V/STOL) low observability combat aircraft in day or night. The vessel will also be able to deploy large numbers of helicopters for a variety of combat and peacetime roles such as that of humanitarian aid and disaster relief.