Carrier section makes it to Scotland

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A HUGE section of the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived in Scotland yesterday.

The 6,000 tonne Lower Block 02 left Portsmouth Dockyard on Monday, where was constructed by BAE Systems.

It has taken more than two years to make the block which makes up part of the lower section of the ship’s bow.

The section is more than 20m high, 70m long and 40m wide and contains some of the ship’s engine rooms.

Commenting on the arrival, programme director Geoff Searle, said: ‘This marks yet another milestone for the programme to deliver the nation’s flagships.’

Over the next few days preparations will get underway for a complex engineering effort to move the section into the dry dock where the full ship is being assembled.