Carrier bridge starts journey from Portsmouth

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WORKERS who have helped to build part of what will be the Royal Navy’s largest aircraft carrier in history gathered today to witness the next part of its journey.

Employees at Portsmouth Naval Base watched on as the bridge of HMS Queen Elizabeth travelled on a barge being pulled by a tug boat through a lock into the outer edge of the base.

It is due to leave tomorrow morning for Rosyth, where it will be joined up with other parts which have been built for the ship.

Once completed in about two years time, HMS Queen Elizabeth will come back to Portsmouth, which will be its home.

Paul Bowsher, QE Class project leader for BAE Systems in Portsmouth, said: ‘Today is a day of celebration - it is both an important and iconic milestone in the programme to build the nation’s new flagships.’