Final carrier section joins rest of ship at dockyard

ON HER WAY HMS Queen Elizabeth arriving beneath the Forth Bridge. Picture: Billy Cullen
ON HER WAY HMS Queen Elizabeth arriving beneath the Forth Bridge. Picture: Billy Cullen
A computer-generated image of an F-35B Lightning II jet landing vertically on HMS Queen Elizabeth Picture: BAE Systems/PA Wire

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GLIDING beneath the Forth Bridge, the final section of the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier has come to the end of its journey.

The huge aft island of HMS Queen Elizabeth has arrived in Rosyth, where the ship is being assembled.

Known as Upper Block 14, the section was built in 90 weeks by Aircraft Carrier Alliance workers at BAE Systems in Scotstoun.

The aft island houses the carrier’s air traffic control systems and will be the centre of all on-board flight operations.

Aircraft Carrier Alliance programme director Ian Booth said: ‘The arrival of the aft island is a massive milestone in the assembly of HMS Queen Elizabeth.

‘Getting to this point has required a fantastic amount of work from thousands of skilled men and women.

‘Seeing this section arrive at Rosyth is a proud moment.

‘Now, before the year is out, we will complete the assembly of HMS Queen Elizabeth, the largest ship in the history of the Royal Navy.’

Final preparations are now underway for the delicate lifting operation which will position the section on the flight deck.