Massive carrier on the move

22 Jul 2011

A major section of aircraft carrier is to be moved by sea from the Clyde to Rosyth.

The biggest hull section to date of the first Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier will be moved out of BAE Systems' shipbuilding hall at Govan on Friday 29 July.

The 8,000 tonne mid section of hull, known as Lower Block (LB) 03, will be loaded onto a huge sea going barge - one of only two of this size in the world - never before seen on the River Clyde.

On Tuesday 16 August the block will start its 600 mile journey around the north coast of Scotland to Rosyth, where it will be manoeuvred into position like the first piece of a giant jigsaw.

To mark the achievement, over 50 cyclists will leave Govan, taking on a gruelling 500 mile cycle around the north of Scotland, aiming to beat the block to its final destination on the Forth and raise money for charity.

BAE Systems is a member of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, working in partnership with Babcock, Thales and the Ministry of Defence.