Navy engineers pay visit to ship construction site

TRIP Members of the Royal Naval Air Engineering and Sea Survival School at HMS Sultan, during a visit to HMS Queen Elizabeth
TRIP Members of the Royal Naval Air Engineering and Sea Survival School at HMS Sultan, during a visit to HMS Queen Elizabeth
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MEMBERS of HMS Sultan have presented their ship’s crest to the under-construction HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The Royal Navy Air Engineering and Sea Survival School (RNAESS), from the Gosport base, visited the ship in Rosyth.

The aim of the visit was to allow the school, which is responsible for training all ranks and rates of air engineer, to find out how best to prepare naval ratings for life on board the new class of aircraft carriers.

Dave Burrows, a weapons instruction from RNAESS and a former air engineering department (AED) warrant officer, said: ‘After 14 years’ experience working within the AED of numerous carriers, it is an honour to see the technological advances and improvements that have been designed to cover the problems we experienced working with the AED all those years ago.’

At the end of the visit, the HMS Sultan crest was presented to the executive officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Construction of the aircraft carrier continues at a pace as the ship starts to take 
shape.

Meanwhile, work on sections of the second carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, is well underway at shipyards around the country, including in Portsmouth.

The ship is expected to be launched next year.