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Huge Section of HMS Queen Elizabeth Arrives at Rosyth

11,300t section of HMS Queen Elizabeth passing under the Forth Bridge as it nears the end of the journey to Fife

The Final hull section of aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has arrived at Babcock’s Rosyth dockyard.   The 11,300 tonne aft section of hull, known as Lower Block 04 (LB04), made its way under the Forth Bridges shortly before 11am on Remembrance Sunday.   It left BAE Systems’ yard on the Clyde last Sunday (November 4). The section has travelled all the way around the south coast to reach the Fife assembly site, a journey of more than 1,200 miles.   The block is the largest section of HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of two new aircraft carriers being constructed by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance.   Program Director, Ian Booth, said: “LB04 is the largest section of HMS Queen Elizabeth, and the final part of the hull to make the journey to the assembly site. This marks a huge milestone for the program to deliver the nation’s flagships.   “Now it is at Rosyth the hard work continues as we begin the massive task of joining it to the sections of HMS Queen Elizabeth already in place.”   A complex engineering effort will shortly begin to float the block off the specialist barge and move it into position in the dock. Once in place the dock will be drained and work to start integrating the sections will begin.  


Shell Moves Forward with Floating LNG

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Shell announces final investment decision on Prelude Floating LNG project in Australia. The Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) has taken the final investment decision on the Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) Project in Australia (100% Shell), building the world’s first FLNG facility. Moored far out to sea, some 200 kilometres from the nearest land in Australia, the FLNG facility will produce gas from offshore fields, and liquefy it onboard by cooling.


George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Upper Bow Lifted Into Place

Northrop Grumman Newport News lowered the upper bow unit of the George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) aircraft carrier into place Mar. 15. The placement of this 780-ton bow section completes the flight deck, and brings CVN 77 to its full length with construction now approximately 60 percent complete. The Navy awarded Northrop Grumman Newport News the construction contract for the tenth and final Nimitz-class carrier in January 2001. CVN 77 was named in honor of the 41st President, George H. W


USS Carl Vinson Arresting Gear Engines Reinstalled

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Matthew DeWitt, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs A team from Northrop Grumman Newport News reinstalled USS Carl Vinson's (CVN 70) arresting gear engines into the ship's flight deck, June 6. The arresting gear engines were placed onto the ship's flight deck via cranes at the ship’s new location at Pier 3, completing another major milestone for the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier during its Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at


Newport News Sets Heaviest Module Yet Aboard Aircraft Carrier

Lifting the Module: Photo credit HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding places a record 1,026-metric ton unit —aboard aircraft carrier 'Gerald R. Ford' (CVN 78). The modular unit, — roughly the weight of six Boeing 747 commercial airplanes, is one of the nearly 500 total structural lifts needed to complete the ship, of which 435 have been completed. The lifts are accomplished using the shipyard's 1,050-metric-ton gantry crane, one of the largest in the Western Hemisphere.


VIDEO: HMS Queen Elizabeth Floats Out

HMS Queen Elizabeth floating out of her dock for the first time (Photo: QEClassCarriers)

A timelapse video of HMS Queen Elizabeth floating out of her dock for the first time is now available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0ZjQz9vEKw. The float out of the 65,000-metric-ton aircraft carrier took place last Thursday, July 17, at the drydock in Rosyth near Edinburgh. Teams will now continue to outfit the ship and steadily bring her systems to life in preparation for sea trials in 2016. The dock she vacates will be used for final assembly of her sister ship


Northrop Grumman Completes Main Mast Installation On USS Carl Vinson

Northrop Grumman completed a significant work performance milestone on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) with the installation of the final section of the ship's main mast. Photo by Chris Oxley Northrop Grumman Corporation completed a significant work performance milestone on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) with the installation of the final section of the ship's main mast on Feb. 21.


Russian Navy Group Heads to the Mediterranean

Russia has reportedly dispatched an 11-ship aircraft carrier group to the Mediterranean Sea, according to an AP report, in a resumption of Russian naval patrols of the world’s waters. The move is in line with recent moves by Russia to expand its military presence and flex it’s growing economic strength. According to the AP report, an aircraft carrier, two anti-submarine ships, a guided missile cruiser along with refueling ships from Russia's Northern and Black Sea fleets and 47 aircraft


Carrier's Namesake Tests Catapult

Former President George H.W. Bush, prepares to signal the launch of two "dead loads" off the flight deck of the Precommissioning Unit (PCU) George H. W. Bush's (CVN 77). "Dead Load" launches test the ship's catapult systems ability to launch aircraft. The ship is under construction at Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyard. U.S. Navy photo By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Susan Caraballo (Released) From Pre-Commissioning Unit George H. W. Bush Public Affairs


This Day in Naval History - Sept. 24

From the Navy News Service 1918 - Ensign David S. Ingalls, in a Sopwith Camel, shoots down his fifth enemy aircraft, becoming the first U.S. Navy ace while flying with the British Royal Air Force. 1944 - Fifth Fleet carrier aircraft attack Japanese in Visayas, Philippines. 1960 - First nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), launched at Newport News, Va.


Seattle Area Could Use Old Aircraft Carriers as a Bridge

In this 2012 aerial view of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, the aircraft carriers Independence, Kitty Hawk, Constellation and Ranger are visible. The Ranger and Constellation have since been scrapped. Pic USN

  A Washington state lawmaker looking to ease traffic congestion for several Puget Sound-area communities near Seattle has proposed building an eye-catching new toll bridge made from retired Navy aircraft carriers. Republican Representative Jesse Young has been gathering support among


China Constructing Sea Outposts, US Warns

South China Sea claims. Map by Murphy on Piracy

 The U.S. military commander for Asia warned that, China could eventually deploy radar and missile systems on outposts it is building in the South China Sea that could be used to enforce an exclusion zone over the disputed territory, according to a report in Reuters.  


'Amazingly Intact' WWII-era Aircraft Carrier Surveyed

Features on a photo of USS Independence CVL 22 are captured in a 3D low-resolution sonar image of the shipwreck in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The Coda Octopus Echoscope 3D sonar, integrated on the Boeing AUV Echo Ranger, imaged the shipwreck during the first maritime archaeological survey. The sonar image with oranges color tones (lower) shows an outline of a possible airplane in the forward aircraft elevator hatch opening. (Credit: NOAA, Boeing, and Coda Octopus)

NOAA, working with private industry partners and the U.S. Navy, has confirmed the location and condition of the USS Independence, the lead ship of its class of light aircraft carriers that were critical during the American naval offensive in the Pacific during World War II.  


Newport News Shipbuilding Hosts Sen. Inhofe

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) today hosted Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., for a tour of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division.   The senator, a military veteran, also met over breakfast with sailors from Oklahoma serving aboard the aircraft carriers USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN


Has Russian Ship Confronted Canadian Warship?

Image: NATO warship

 NATO disputes Conservative claim that Russians confronted Canadian warship.  The parliamentary defence secretary said Russian warships confronted a Canadian frigate in the Black Sea. Nonsense, say NATO officials.   A report in Ottawa Citizen says that the federal government has


China to Roll Out 2nd Aircraft Carrier

China’s first modern aircraft carrier (Pic by US Naval Institute)

 Chinese officials have confirmed that the country is currently building a second aircraft carrier, say local media.   The People’s Daily, the Communist party mouthpiece, quoted top officials as confirming the craft’s construction


Aircraft Carrier Alliance Opens Visitor Center

From left to right: Captain (RN) Chris Smith, Lord Provost of Edinbugh Donald Wilson, Ian Booth, ACA Managing Director, Lord Provost of Fife, Jim Leishman and Captain (RN) Simon Petitt at the opening of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance Visitor Center. (Photo: BAE Systems)

The Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA), which is building HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales in shipyards across the U.K., has opened a visitor center in Rosyth Dockyard.   The facility, which has a view of both HMS Queen Elizabeth across the non-tidal basin and the Forth bridges


USS America: LHA with an Aviation Focus

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The U.S. Navy’s newest Amphibious Assault Ship, USS America (LHA 6) was commissioned on October 11, 2014 at Pier 30-32 in San Francisco.  First in its class, the USS America does not have a well deck, unlike her previous counterparts


Container Shipping Outlook Uncertain in 2015: AlixPartners

Photo courtesy of Maersk Lines

  The outlook for the global container shipping industry remains challenging for the remainder of 2015, according to a new report from AlixPartners.   In its annual outlook for the industry, the global business-advisory firm predicts that operating improvements will continue to prove


Big Spending on Liquefaction Terminals

Capital expenditure (Capex) on global liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities is expected to total $259 billion over the forecast period 2015-2019, according to the new ninth edition of Douglas-Westwood’s (DW) World LNG Market Forecast 2015-2019


Japan's Navy Unveils De-Facto Aircraft Carrier

JS Izumo: JMSDF Photo

 Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) took delivery of its biggest warship Izumo, since World War II, a vessel that observers say is a "de-facto aircraft carrier".   The 19,500-ton destroyer Izumo, measuring 248 meters long and 38 meters wide


Largest All-Electric Pipe Bender Starts Operations at Newport News Shipbuilding

  Unison has commissioned what is believed to be the largest all-electric tube bending machine ever produced. The machine has started operations at Newport News Shipbuilding, supplier of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines to the US Navy.


China Likely to be Major Global Naval Power

Chinese navy: Peoples Liberation Army Navy

 Two analysts claimed yesterday that China is beefing up its credentials as a maritime force so that it can become a true superpower like the United States.   According to prominent historian Wang Gungwu,  with the recent Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road


Imabari Invests in Shipbuilding

Japanese Yard to Build World’s Largest (20,000 TEU) Containerships Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. secured newbuild orders with the cooperation of Marubeni Corporation for eleven 20,000TEU Ultra-Large Container Carriers, when delivered the largest containerships in the world.


Sovcomflot’s New LNG Carrier Named

Photo: Sovcomflot

A naming ceremony was held on April 9, 2015 in South Korea for SCF Mitre, the fourth vessel in a series of state-of-the-art Atlanticmax-type LNG carriers built for Sovcomflot (SCF Group).   The vessel, as with her sistership SCF Melampus that joined SCF Group’s fleet in January 2015






 
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