HMS Queen Elizabeth ‘on track’ for arrival in 2017

HMS Queen Elizabeth under construction in Rosyth
HMS Queen Elizabeth under construction in Rosyth
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Work on the Royal Navy’s first new aircraft carrier is ‘going well’ according to the shipbuilders who are bringing her to life.

HMS Queen Elizabeth currently sits afloat in Rosyth near the dock where the giant warship was put together.

Reports today suggested the carrier is due to be completed early but BAE Systems, which is part of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance in charge of delivering the carriers, has denied the claims.

A spokesman said the work is progressing on schedule and HMS Queen Elizabeth is on track for her planned arrival in Portsmouth in early 2017.

A spokesman for BAE Systems said: ‘The vessel will be delivered on time in 2017.

‘Things are going well and she is on track for 2017.

‘At the moment we are preparing for her diesel generators to be started and her mission systems are coming along as well.’

HMS Queen Elizabeth floated for the first time in July last year.

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