Carrier barge goes Forth

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THE first Portsmouth-built parts of the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier made a grand entrance under the Forth Bridge in Edinburgh yesterday.

The barge, carrying a 1,820-tonne section of the stern of HMS Queen Elizabeth, sailed into Scottish waters after a 600-mile journey which took five days.

The parts took BAE Systems workers 15 months to build at its shipyard in Portsmouth.

They have been taken to Rosyth dockyard where the 65,000-tonne carrier is being put together ahead of it being launched in 2014.

The next section of the warship to leave Portsmouth is a huge 6,000-tonne piece of the hull which has taken 1,300 workers 26 months to build.

It leaves the city on May 25.