HMS Queen Elizabeth: Where were the Royal Navy carrier and her sister ship HMS Prince of Wales built?Â

HMS Queen Elizabeth is soon set to be joined by her sister ship the HMS Prince of Wales.Â

Wednesday, 21st November 2018, 9:37 am
Updated Wednesday, 21st November 2018, 10:41 am
A ship builder works on a section of the first of two Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers at BAE Systems in Portsmouth. Picture: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The pair of behemoth aircraft carriers are expected to lead the Royal Navy for decades to come. 

Both warships will be based out of HMNB Portsmouth, with HMS Queen Elizabeth arriving in the city last year and HMS Prince of Wales to join in the coming years. 

The aircraft carriers which weigh around 65,000 tonnes and are the length of three football pitches. 

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A ship builder works on a section of the first of two Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers at BAE Systems in Portsmouth. Picture: Chris Ison/PA Wire

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Both ships have been built in blocks across the country '“ here is where they were built: 

HMS Queen Elizabeth

The Royal Navy's aircraft carrier, which is currently in America for historic flight tests, was built in nine blocks at six different ship yards. 

Construction of HMS Queen Elizabeth. Picture: Allan Hutchings

These included: 

-  BAE Systems Surface Ships in Glasgow

- Babcock at Appledore

- Babcock at Rosyth

Construction of HMS Queen Elizabeth at Babcock's. Picture: Allan Hutchings

- A&P Tyne in Hebburn

- BAE at Portsmouth 

- Cammell Laird (flight decks) at Birkenhead

After the nine blocks had been finished, she was then assembled in the Firth of Forth at Rosyth Dockyard. 

HMS Prince of Wales

Like her sister ship, the HMS Prince of Wales was built in separate parts before being transported to the Firth of Forth at Rosyth Dockyard.

It was made from 52 blocks unlike HMS Queen Elizabeth's nine, and they were also made at six different ship yards across the UK. 

They were: 

-  BAE Systems Surface Ships in Glasgow

- Babcock at Appledore

- Babcock at Rosyth

- A&P Tyne in Hebburn

- BAE at Portsmouth 

- Cammell Laird (flight decks) at Birkenhead