Aircraft Carrier Hull Ready for Delivery

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

August 19, 2014

  • Photo: BAE Systems
  • Photo: BAE Systems
  • Photo: BAE Systems Photo: BAE Systems
  • Photo: BAE Systems Photo: BAE Systems

A large section of HMS Prince of Wales has been loaded out of its dock hall in Portsmouth ready for delivery to Rosyth for final assembly of the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier to begin.

The 6,000-metric-ton section, called Lower Block 02, forms the distinctive forward hull section of HMS Prince of Wales and is comprised of cabins and machinery space. It was rolled out of the dock hall this morning using 2304 wheels guided by a single remote controlled.

A transportation team will now secure the block to its barge ahead of departure next Tuesday around the east coast of the U.K. On arrival, the barge is designed to lower the delivery into the Firth of Forth so it can be floated into the dock for final assembly to begin in September.

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