Cammell Laird aircraft carrier gets shipshape

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Cammell Laird aircraft carrier gets shipshape

Workmen from Cammell Lairds
Workmen from Cammell Lairds
 

THE first massive flight deck sections for the Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier were rolled out of Cammell Laird’s Construction Hall to be loaded onto barges for Scotland.

On Monday at 4pm the five flight deck and hangar modules beneath them will undertake the five-day voyage around western UK to the Firth of Forth.

At Rosyth Naval Dockyard the sections will be welded together with other parts of the future HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier which have been built at five separate UK shipyards.

Cammell Laird has successfully met the two-year deadline set for the £44m project as its contribution to the 65,000 gross tonne ship, the largest ever built for the Royal Navy.

A large ocean-going barge will carry the five flight deck modules, which weigh more than 3,500 tonnes, known as Centre Blocks 02 (CB02), from Cammell Laird to Rosyth.

  

The shipyard is due to complete the construction of further modules which will be sailed to Rosyth later this year.

Cammell Laird has spent the last fortnight preparing the flight decks for their sail away.

The aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and her sister ship HMS Prince of Wales are being delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA), a partnership between BAE Systems, Thales UK, Babcock and the UK Ministry of Defence.

BAE Systems has an overarching role in managing the QE Class programme as well as playing a central role in the design and build of the ships.

The two QE Class carriers will be the centrepiece of Britain’s future long-term military capability.

Each 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier will provide the armed forces with a four-acre military operating base which can be deployed worldwide.

The vessels will be versatile enough to be used for operations ranging from supporting war efforts to providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

John Syvret, Cammell Laird chief executive, said: “The company is immensely proud to be delivering the first phase of the £44m two year project on time.

“This is a terrific contract for the company to work on and I pay tribute to our staff and suppliers who are working enormously hard with the Aircraft Carrier Alliance to deliver these magnificent flight decks.”

Mr Syvret added: “It showcases our world-class engineering facilities including our Construction Hall which is one of the biggest and best equipped in Europe.’’

Linton Roberts, Cammell Laird managing director, said: “The successful delivery of the first phase of the contract will help reinforce our campaign to promote the Cammell Laird brand worldwide.”



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