The UK's largest ever warship HMS Queen Elizabeth tests the waters

North East workers were among a huge team to work on HMS Queen Elizabeth...and it officially floats

The UK's largest ever warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth
The UK's largest ever warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth

HMS Queen Elizabeth, the UK’s largest ever warship has successfully floated out of the dock in which she was assembled.

The £3.1bn ship was assembled in the Firth of Forth at Rosyth Dockyard from nine blocks built in six UK shipyards, including one constructed at A&P Tyne in Hebburn.

The paintwork was also carried out by Gateshead-headquartered Pyeroy, one of nine Royal Navy ships vessels to be worked on by the industrial services business.

In an operation that started earlier this week, the dry dock in Rosyth near Edinburgh was flooded for the first time to allow the 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier to float.

It then took only three hours to carefully manoeuvre HMS Queen Elizabeth out of the dock with just two metres 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 has also been painted by Pyeroy employees, taking place from 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.

Both warships are being delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a unique partnership between the Ministry of Defence, BAE Systems, Babcock and Thales.


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