Mar 26, 2014
HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier to Take to the Water in July
HMS Queen Elizabeth,, will move to “flood up” within weeks of a naming ceremony on July 4.
A second ship, HMS Prince of Wales, is following 20 months behind the first, with both vessels designed to be put together at the yard near Edinburgh from sub-assemblies built at five other sites, some weighing as much as smaller Royal Navy ships.
Once floated, the Queen Elizabeth will be towed from her dock and across a basin where the ship will tie up alongside the harbor for the completion of fitting out, making way for the assembly of the second carrier. Outfitting is due to be completed in 2015, with sea trials commencing a year later.
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