Carrier hull on the move

11 Oct 2012

A massive section of aircraft carrier hull will be moved out of the shipbuilding hall at Govan this weekend.

The largest hull section of the first Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier will be moved out of BAE Systems' shipbuilding hall at Govan in preparation for its 600 mile journey to Rosyth.

The 11,000 tonne aft section of hull, known as Lower Block 04, will be moved out of the facility on Sunday (14 October) and loaded onto a huge sea going barge the following day (Monday 15 October) in preparation for its five day transit to Rosyth in early November.

Standing over 80 metres long and 40 metres wide, Lower Block 04 houses two main engine rooms, a hospital complex, dentist, galley and accommodation including 242 berths.

The aircraft carriers HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and HMS PRINCE OF WALES are being delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a unique partnering relationship between BAE Systems, Thales UK, Babcock and the UK Ministry of Defence.

  • Lower Block 04 load out begins at 8.30am on Sunday 14 October
  • Lower Block 04 will load on to the barge on Monday 15 October at 8.30am. Please note this move will last approximately six hours.

Source: BAE Systems.

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