The 6,000 tonne hull section of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, known as Lower Block 02, will set off on its four day journey to Rosyth on Monday 21 May.
The forward section of hull has been moved out of BAE Systems’ production facility at Portsmouth and loaded onto a huge sea going barge in preparation for the journey.
On Friday 25 May, a team of 50 cyclists from across the Aircraft Carrier Alliance will take on a gruelling challenge to mark the occasion, cycling 500 miles from Portsmouth to Rosyth in an attempt to complete the journey in a faster time and raise money for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.
To follow and track the block’s journey to Rosyth, visit http://www.shipais.com/.
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.
Monday 21 May 2012 at 10.45am (barge leaves basin and moors on quay wall)
• Barge then departs Portsmouth on tide at 5.00pm
• Exits harbour and passes Spinnaker Tower at approximately 5.30pm
• Mick Ord, Managing Director, BAE Systems
• Steven Carroll, Queen Elizabeth Class Project Director, BAE Systems
• Paul Bowsher, Queen Elizabeth Class Integrated Project Leader, BAE Systems
Trafalgar Gate, Portsmouth Naval Base, Hampshire, PO1 3NJ