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Delivery Begins for HMS Prince of Wales Bridge

(Photo courtesy of BAE Systems)

The bridge section of the U.K.’s second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier has been loaded out of its dock hall in Glasgow ahead of its first sea voyage to Rosyth.   Upper Block 07 is where HMS Prince of Wales will be commanded atop the flight deck and is known as the Forward Island. As the main hub of the ship it contains the bridge and approximately 100 vital mission systems compartments.   The Forward Island has been under wraps in Govan since construction on the section began in December 2013, but it is now visible from the west end of Glasgow.    Mick Ord, Managing Director at BAE Systems Naval Ships, said, “This is a fantastic milestone for HMS Prince of Wales as its Forward Island is delivered ahead of schedule and to an exceptional standard of engineering. It’s a proud day for everyone on the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier program and an important reminder of their tremendous dedication and skill in naval engineering.”   A single remote control and 144 wheels were used to drive the 680-metric-ton Forward Island from inside the ship build hall to the dock side at a careful half a mile per hour.   The Forward Island will make another short journey tomorrow onto a waiting barge where it will remain on the Clyde until its departure from Glasgow next Friday, April 24.  


BAE Systems Restructures Naval Sector

Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier under construction. (Photo: U.K. Royal Navy)

BAE Systems has reached agreement in principle with HM Government on measures to enable the implementation of a restructuring of its U.K. naval ships business. The agreement will result in the restructuring of the contract for the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier program, provision of additional shipbuilding work prior to the start of the Type 26 Global Combat Ships program and rationalization of the U.K. naval ship business to match future capacity requirements.


Final Section of BAE Aircraft Carrier Rolls onto the Clyde

The BAE Systems built Aft Island of the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier will be loaded onto a sea-going barge on June 11 before its journey from the company’s Scotstoun site to Rosyth. This is the last major section of the Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier and has been completed ahead of schedule by the team on the Clyde. The Aft Island is the Carrier’s air traffic control center. Angus Holt


HMS Prince of Wales Hull Departs for Rosyth

Hull section of HMS Prince of Wales (Photo: BAE Systems)

A huge section of hull for HMS Prince of Wales, the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier, has today begun its delivery voyage from HM Naval Base Portsmouth – the future home of the Queen Elizabeth Class. Mick Ord, Managing Director at BAE Systems Naval Ships, said, “This is a significant milestone for the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier program and a particularly proud one for the team in Portsmouth whose contribution to delivering the nation’s flagships


British Navy Looking to Preserve 'Illustrious' Legacy

HMS Illustrious: Photo courtesy of MOD

The Ministry of Defence is looking for ideas on how best to preserve the legacy of the Royal Navy's Invincible-Class aircraft carriers.The last of the ships, 'HMS Illustrious', is due to retire in late 2014 after 32 years of distinguished service that has seen her involved in operations around the world. Following the announcement last year that the 22,000-tonne ship will be preserved in some form, MOD is now inviting private companies


CAE Awarded U.S. Navy Contracts

CAE has been selected to supply electric plant control systems for the largest and most advanced warship in naval history, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), as well as for the U.S. Navy’s latest LPD 17 class amphibious ship, the USS New York (LPD 21). The total value of these contracts is approximately C$12 million. CAE will provide prime contractor Northrop Grumman Newport News with computer-based control system technology for the USS George H.W. Bush


Babcock to Support Aircraft Carrier Engineering

Babcock has been awarded a 12-month contract to assist in designing the engineering support solution for the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.   Under the £1.17 million contract the U.K. Ministry of Defense (MoD), Babcock and BAE Systems will work together to develop the optimum, fit-for-purpose engineering support solution for the new aircraft carriers, as part of the wider Support Development Phase.  


Northrop Grumman Names Baugh to Director in the Technology Development

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Newport News sector has appointed Dale Baugh to the position of director of aircraft carrier life cycle support programs. He reports to Irwin F. Edenzon, vice president of technology development and fleet support at Northrop Grumman Newport News. His responsibilities include supporting the Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier program by meeting life cycle support, customer and company objectives


Curtiss-Wright Awarded $14.6M in Contracts

Curtiss-Wright Corporation announced it has been awarded $14.6 million of contracts from Northrop Grumman Newport News to design and manufacture engineered pumps for use on the United States Navy's next generation CVN-21 Class aircraft carriers. The pumps will be manufactured by Curtiss-Wright's Flow Control segment located in Phillipsburg, NJ, and delivered in 2008 and 2009. Construction on the first aircraft carrier is scheduled to begin in 2007


USS Abraham Lincoln Coming Home

USS Abraham Lincoln - Suez Transit: Credit USN

 Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln due soon at Naval Station Norfolk after 8-month deployment. Commanded by Capt. John D. Alexander, Lincoln departed Naval Station Everett, Wash., her home since January 1997, in December 2011 for a scheduled change-of-homeport deployment to Virginia where she is due for a four-year refueling complex overhaul (RCOH). During the RCOH period, Lincoln's nuclear reactors will be refueled


Former HMS Illustrious Sold for Scrap

HMS Illustrious (Photo: U.K. Royal Navy)

The former aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious will be recycled after 32 years of service, announced the U.K. Ministry of Defense (MOD) who sold the ship to Turkish company LEYAL Ship Recycling Ltd for around £2 million.   The MOD’s initial plan for the retired aircraft carrier was


Royal Navy Sailors Train with Wasp

Royal Navy Leading Airman (Aircraft Handler) Rohorne Mckenzie observes the landing of an MV-22B Osprey on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) July 13, 2016. Wasp is deployed with the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rawad Madanat/Released)

The Royal Navy sent six Sailors, from Navy Command Headquarters in Portsmouth, England, to integrate into Wasp’s flight deck operations to prepare them for their upcoming Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers. Her Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Illustrious was the last carrier in British


NASSCO-Norfolk Wins CVN Maintenance Work

Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) (Photo: U.S. Dept. of Defense)

General Dynamics NASSCO–Norfolk said it was awarded the Mid-Atlantic CVN private sector maintenance contract by the U.S. Navy to perform non-nuclear planning and maintenance work during six Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) availabilities on four Nimitz-class aircraft carriers and one Gerald R


Prince Charles Places Final Section of UK Aircraft Carrier

Photo: BAE Systems

The second of the largest warships ever built for the U.K. Royal Navy, the Queen Elizabeth Class carrier HMS Prince of Wales, was given the royal seal of approval when HRH The Prince of Wales, (or Duke of Rothesay, as he is referred to in Scotland)


Moore Assumes Command of NAVSEA

Vice Adm. Thomas Moore relieves Vice Adm. William Hilarides as commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) during a change of command ceremony today at the Washington Navy Yard. NAVSEA provides centralized surface ship li

Vice Adm. Thomas J. Moore relieved Vice Adm. William H. Hilarides as commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) during a June 10 ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard. Moore graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in math and operations analysis


Indian Aircraft Carrier to Get Russian Weaponry

INS Vikrant. Photo: Indian Navy

 Russia could supply air defence systems and other equipment to the Indian Vikrant-class aircraft carrier currently under construction, says a report by IANS.   The first of the Vikrant-class aircraft carriers, the INS Vikramaditya, is Russian-built


Italian Navy Opts for Rolls-Royce Gas Turbine

Photo: Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

Rolls-Royce signed a contract with Fincantieri to provide MT30 gas turbines to power the Italian Navy’s new multi-purpose amphibious vessel. The Derby-based company will supply two of its MT30 gas turbines to power a 20,000-tonne landing helicopter dock vessel


Video: Catapult Testing on Aircraft Carrier Abraham Lincoln

Sailors signal steam catapult systems testing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln is in its final stages of testing all of its steam-powered systems as part of its refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH). (Photo: John Whalen/HII)

U.S. shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division has begun testing the updated catapult systems aboard the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), which is nearing the end of its midlife refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH).  


US Warship Rescues Mariners in Distress

A rescued mariner is flown aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower after her vessel became disabled off the coast of Florida. Dwight D. Eisenhower is currently underway preparing for the upcoming Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). (U.S. Navy photo by J. E. Veal)

Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) came to the rescue of distressed mariners at sea, February 7.   Ike received a distress call via bridge-to-bridge communications from the U.S.-flagged sailing vessel (S/V) Selket at approximately 7 p.m


Gerald R. Ford Fitted with 14 Mln Feet of Cable

Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) in November 2013 (Photo by Chris Oxley/HII)

Shipbuilders at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division have installed more than 14 million feet of electrical and fiber optic cable on the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)—enough to reach from Earth to the International Space Station more than


HMS Prince of Wales’ Aft Island Lifted into Place

Photo: Aircraft Carrier Alliance

The Aircraft Carrier Alliance successfully lifted one of the final sections of the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier in Rosyth on Friday, January 8 following its arrival from Glasgow.     The 750-metric-ton block was raised 25 meters in the air using the Goliath crane and


GTC to Supply Hardware for New US Aircraft Carrier

Illustration of the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). (Image: Huntington Ingalls Industries)

General Atomics Selects General Tool Company to provide EMALS and AAG for U.S. Navy Carrier CVN-79   General Tool Company (GTC) announced today it has been selected by General Atomics (GA) to deliver $48 million in hardware for the U.S. Navy’s future aircraft carrier John F


Creating History Indian PM Chairs Commanders’ Meet On Board INS Vikramaditya

Photograph: PTI and Press Information Bureau

 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi presided over a combined commanders' conference  on Tuesday (December 16) morning aboard INS Vikramaditya, stationed about 40 nautical miles on the high seas.   INS Vikramaditya is a modified Kiev-class aircraft carrier that was inducted in the


Prince of Wales' Final Section Sails for Rosyth

Photo: BAE Systems

The final section of aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales began its delivery voyage from Glasgow to Rosyth today, 10 weeks ahead of schedule.   As part of the the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier program, newbuilds HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales will be the Royal


HMS Prince of Wales Powers Ahead

MT30 Gas Turbine Alternator lifted into the U.K. Royal Navy’s latest aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales (Photo: John Linton)

The second MT30 Gas Turbine Alternator (GTA) has been installed into the U.K. Royal Navy’s latest aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales, at Rosyth, the Aircraft Carrier Alliance reported.   ‪Generating 36 megawatts (around 50,000 horsepower)






 
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