Work ramps up on construction of new carrier

COMPLETE The final piece of HMS Queen Elizabeth's main hull sits on top of the flight deck of the ship
COMPLETE The final piece of HMS Queen Elizabeth's main hull sits on top of the flight deck of the ship
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HUNDREDS of miles away in Scotland, workers have celebrated the final structural piece of HMS Queen Elizabeth being lifted into place.

The final part of the aircraft ramp – or ‘ski-ramp’ – of the ship, which will be based in Portsmouth, is the last piece of the main hull to be moved into position.

Only the aircraft lifts and the radar remain to be lifted into place by the giant Goliath crane which spans the ship.

Ian Booth, the programme director, said: ‘This event means a pivotal chapter in the delivery of HMS Queen Elizabeth has been completed.

‘The ship here in the dock is a truly magnificent sight.

‘Everyone involved in the programme to deliver HMS Queen Elizabeth should feel tremendously proud of what we have all achieved to get to this point.

‘Thousands of men and women across the country have worked together as a team in a remarkable demonstration of British skills and capabilities.

‘This vessel will play a historic role in the defence of this nation for generations to come.’

Parts of HMS Queen Elizabeth, including the forward island, were put together at the BAE Systems shipyard in Portsmouth.

Since then, the yard has been working on pieces of the second carrier, HMS Princes of Wales. As the sections have been completed, they have been shipped up to Rosyth in Scotland, where the carriers are being pieced together.

The two aircraft carriers are being delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a partnership between BAE Systems, Thales UK, Babcock, and the Ministry of Defence.