HMS Queen Elizabeth takes first delivery of 500 tonnes of fuel

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WORK on HMS Queen Elizabeth has taken a major step forward following the delivery of 500 tonnes of fuel.

The aircraft carrier, which will be based in Portsmouth, is likely to arrive at the naval base in 2017.

The fuel delivery was a significant stage in the fitting-out process of the warship, which will be the biggest ever built for the Royal Navy.

Jason Marshall, head of the Marine Systems Group said: ‘This was a complex evolution to deliver 18 road tanker loads of fuel to the ship across a number of days.

‘Working closely with our industry colleagues and our fuel suppliers we have been able to complete the activity on time.’

The commissioning of the ship’s diesel generators is now planned for later this year.