IT IS the most iconic part of the giant jigsaw puzzle that will make up one of the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers.
Now the forward island of HMS Queen Elizabeth has arrived in Scotland after it set off on a barge from Portsmouth last week.
The 700-tonne section is the final part of the mighty new warship to have been built in Portsmouth.
The carrier is being pieced together at a shipyard in Rosyth.
Ian Booth is the carrier programme director for the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a consortium of defence organisations building the Queen Elizabeth-class carriers.
He said: ‘The arrival of the forward island is a key stage in the programme to deliver HMS Queen Elizabeth.
‘The iconic section will house the ship’s bridge where the vessel will be commanded.
‘Seeing it arrive at Rosyth is a proud moment and underlines just how far the Aircraft Carrier Alliance has come over the last few months.’
The island contains the main ship’s bridge and mission systems compartments.
It also houses a mess and pantry, chart house, stores and accommodation for the captain and navigation staff.
It will be lifted on to the rest of the ship next month.