Huge Hull for HMS Prince of Wales Ready for Delivery
BAE Systems informed that a huge section of the U.K. Royal Navy’s second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, was loaded onto a barge in Glasgow over the weekend ahead of its departure to Rosyth later this month.
The 8,000-metric-ton mid hull section called Lower Block 03 (LB03) is larger than an entire Type 45 destroyer and contains 160 cabins, machinery space, a portion of the aircraft hangar and even a bakery.
Over the weekend it was maneuvered out of the BAE Systems (BAESY) ship build hall where it was constructed and onto a barge alongside on the River Clyde.
Next week the block will set sail on a 600-mile voyage to Rosyth, where in September the assembly of HMS Prince of Wales will begin in the dock that will shortly be vacated by her sister ship, HMS Queen Elizabeth.