No, it didn’t sink

SUBMERGED The Portsmouth-built section of the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier in the dock at Rosyth
SUBMERGED The Portsmouth-built section of the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier in the dock at Rosyth

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IT MIGHT appear that disaster has struck the massive 6,000-tonne piece of the Royal Navy’s new carrier which left Portsmouth last month.

But fear not – submerging the mammoth section was all part of the plan as engineers floated it into dock in Rosyth.

And all those hours of welding at Portsmouth Naval Base paid off as the watertight block gently bobbed in the water at BAE Systems’ Scottish dockyard where all the parts of 65,000-tonne HMS Queen Elizabeth are being put together.

The submersible barge, which had transported Lower Block 02 600 miles north, sank to the sea bed before the section could be carefully floated off by four tugs and towed into the dockyard.

She was then manoeuvred into the dry dock which had been flooded for her arrival.