Gangways arrive for carriers

Gangways arrive in Portsmouth for the carriers        Picture: BAE Systems
Gangways arrive in Portsmouth for the carriers Picture: BAE Systems
HMS Illustrious leaves Portsmouth for the last time
Picture: Shaun Roster

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TWO huge state-of-the-art gangways built to meet the unique demands of the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers have arrived at Portsmouth Naval Base.

Designed and developed by Dutch firm Verhoef, on behalf of BAE Systems, the bespoke gangways are part of an investment of £100m to support HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales when they are docked in the city.

Weighing 12 tonnes each, a single brow can cater for a footfall of up to 3,000 people per hour, with up to 500 industrial staff expected to work on the ships each day when they are alongside during refit periods.