HMS Queen Elizabeth’s final piece set to leave Portsmouth

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THE final piece of HMS Queen Elizabeth to be built in Portsmouth is being loaded onto a barge this morning.

Workers are today moving what will be the most iconic part of the ship, the forward island, out of the BAE Systems shipbuilding yard at Portsmouth Naval Base.

The forward island of the new carrier is moved out of the BAE Systems yard in Portsmouth today

The forward island of the new carrier is moved out of the BAE Systems yard in Portsmouth today

It is expected to roll out at about 9am.

Paul Bowsher, the carrier project leader for BAE Systems in Portsmouth, said: ‘We’ve gone round and made some final checks.

‘The team are about to do a test lift and then we can roll out.’

It brings to an end more than a year of work on the Royal Navy’s next aircraft carrier, although work has already started in the city on the second Queen Elizabeth-class warship, HMS Prince of Wales.

The forward island, which contains the bridge and observation deck, is being loaded onto a barge ready for transportation to Scotland next week.