CONSTRUCTION of the next Royal Navy aircraft carrier to be based in Portsmouth took a step forward as workers at BAE Systems’ Scottish yard moved two giant sections of the hull together for the first time.
The structure of HMS Elizabeth is so big that it fills an entire hall at Govan, Glasgow.
It now extends beyond the doors on to the yard, providing a spectacular view from across the River Clyde.
It took a team of 20 employees and remote-controlled transporters an hour to move 1,221 tons of steel over 100 metres across the shipyard.
The hull section was then manoeuvred carefully into position to line up with the rest of the block.
The large section pictured outside of the shed appears to have the word ‘Daft’ spray-painted on it. BAE said this is because the section is called Block D and it is to go towards the aft, or stern, of the ship.
A large hull section and the stern is being built by BAE workers in Portsmouth, as well as the two control towers to sit on the enormous ship’s flight deck.
HMS Elizabeth, one of two carriers, is expected to be in service with the navy by 2020.