First engine of HMS Queen Elizabeth is started

One of the engines on the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has been started for the first time. Pictures: Crown copyright 2015
One of the engines on the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has been started for the first time. Pictures: Crown copyright 2015

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ONE of the engines on the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier due to be based in Portsmouth has been started for the first time.

The 65,000 tonne future flagship of the Royal Navy HMS Queen Elizabeth has undergone months of preparation work by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance to start the first of her four diesel engines, which are directly coupled to the generators.

Together, each power unit weighs approximately 200 tonnes - the weight of two medium size passenger jets.

Minister of state for defence procurement, Philip Dunne, officially started the first of the ship’s four diesel generators in Rosyth, Scotland, bringing the ship to life for the first time.

He also announced that BAE Systems has been awarded a £5.5m contract to install a new Vessel Traffic Management System to assist in the controlling and monitoring of all ship movements within Portsmouth Harbour and the Eastern Solent to prepare for the arrival of the carrier in late 2016, early 2017.