HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier is coming together

IN PLACE Two pieces of HMS Elizabeth were joined together in Scotland
IN PLACE Two pieces of HMS Elizabeth were joined together in Scotland

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The largest and most powerful warship ever built for the Royal Navy is beginning to take shape as two massive sections of HMS Queen Elizabeth were joined together.

It took around 90 minutes to move a 4,087-tonne section of the hull of the aircraft carrier 328ft via 132 remote-controlled transporters to join another section of the ship at BAE Systems’ Govan Shipyard in Glasgow.

Engineers will now spend the next week ensuring that the sections are perfectly aligned before welding them together into a 263ft long, 11,500-tonne section.

The ship is due to be completed by 2016, with another aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, following later.