HMS Queen Elizabeth Floats for the First Time

By Eric Haun
Thursday, July 17, 2014
HMS Queen Elizabeth floats for the first time (Photo courtesy of BAE Systems)

The U.K.'s largest ever warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has today been floated out of the dock in which she was assembled.

In an operation that started earlier this week, the drydock in Rosyth near Edinburgh was flooded for the first time to allow the 65,000-metric-ton aircraft carrier to float. It then took three hours this morning to carefully maneuver HMS Queen Elizabeth out of the dock with just two meters clearance at either side and then berth her alongside a nearby jetty.

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, HMS Prince of Wales, which will begin in September.

The float out of HMS Queen Elizabeth comes just 13 days after the vessel was named by Her Majesty the Queen in a spectacular ceremony.

HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales are being delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a unique partnership between the Ministry of Defense, BAE Systems, Babcock and Thales.

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  • HMS Queen Elizabeth floats for the first time (Photo courtesy of BAE Systems)

    HMS Queen Elizabeth floats for the first time (Photo courtesy of BAE Systems)

  • HMS Queen Elizabeth floats for the first time (Photo courtesy of BAE Systems)

    HMS Queen Elizabeth floats for the first time (Photo courtesy of BAE Systems)

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