Forward island of future HMS Prince of Wales towed from shipyard

.The most iconic section of the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier has been loaded onto a barge in Glasgow. Picture: BAE Systems
.The most iconic section of the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier has been loaded onto a barge in Glasgow. Picture: BAE Systems
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AN ICONIC section of a huge aircraft carrier has set sail.

The forward island of the second Queen Elizabeth Class carrier – to be based in Portsmouth – left Glasgow yesterday.

Upper Block 07 is heading to Rosyth on a nine-day sea voyage.

Containing the bridge and 100 vital mission systems compartments, it is the main hub of the HMS Prince of Wales.

Mick Ord, managing director at BAE Systems Naval Ships, said: ‘This forward island is a remarkable feat of engineering designed to command one of the UK’s largest ever warships for more than half a century to come.’

Construction of the section started in December 2013.