Paint job for new Royal Navy carriers

HMS Duncan has returned to Portsmouth after spending three months in the Mediterranean Picture:  L/Phot Louise George

HMS Duncan returns to Portsmouth after three months away at sea

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THE navy’s biggest ships are due to get a new lick of paint.

The contract for painting new aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, which will be based in Portsmouth, has been handed out to Monitor Coatings of North Shields in Tyne & Wear. After two years of testing, the firm was given the contract for the flight decks.

Each ship has a flight deck of 19,500 square metres.

The firm will provide a non-skid, thermal gas wash resistant deck coating for the ships.