Carrier block starts journey

01 Aug 2011

A huge section of new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has started the 600 mile journey from the BAE Systems Clyde shipyard round Scotland to Rosyth.

Workers at BAE Systems moved the huge mid section of HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of the new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy, out the company's shipbuilding hall at Govan on Friday 29 July, giving the public a spectacular view of the scale of the giant warship.

After six months of planning, a team of 10 will move the 8,000 tonne mid section, known as Lower Block 03, 200 metres across the specially reinforced tarmac at the yard in just one hour using 64 remote controlled transporters.

Steven Carroll, Queen Elizabeth Class Project Director at BAE Systems, said: "I'm extremely proud of the team's huge achievement today, being on track to successfully load the mid section of the hull out of our hall on time and built to an exceptional standard.

"This is the culmination of months of preparation and is only possible because of the strong partnership with our Carrier Alliance partners, the skills of our workforce here on the Clyde and of the thousands of people working on the programme across every region of the UK. It is a fantastic showcase for British engineering."

On Sunday, the block was onto one of the two biggest sea-going barges in the world in preparation for her 600 mile journey, starting on 16 August, taking her round the north coast of Scotland to Rosyth where the aircraft carrier will be assembled.

Marking the occasion, over 50 cyclists will leave the Govan yard on the same day to take on a gruelling 500 mile cycle around the north of Scotland in an attempt to 'beat the block' to its final destination and raise money for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

Source:  BAE Systems

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