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Command centre of Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier now installed

26 mai 2015 by BAE Systems


Timelapse video charting the incredible journey of the 680-tonne command centre of the Royal Navy’s latest aircraft carrier – HMS Prince of Wales – as it left its construction hall in Govan, Glasgow this month before being installed on the under-construction carrier in Rosyth dockyard, near Edinburgh.

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28 avril 2015 2 28 /04 /avril /2015 11:50
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23 avr. 2015 by BAE Systems


We sent our own roving reporter Francesca to find out more about the Forward Island for HMS PRINCE OF WALES as it left its dock hall in Glasgow for the first time ahead of delivery.

The Forward Island or 'Upper Block 07' is where HMS PRINCE OF WALES will be commanded atop the flight deck and is known as the Forward Island. As the main hub of the ship it contains the bridge and approximately 100 vital mission systems compartments.

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11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 12:50
HMS Prince of Wales build intensifies

11 mars 2015 Royal Navy


The build profile of HMS Prince of Wales intensifies as blocks are moved around the yard to accommodate the programme of lifts including that of the Gas Turbine Alternator. This video shows one of the sponsons being moved.

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11 septembre 2014 4 11 /09 /septembre /2014 16:50
BAE starts assembly phase of HMS Prince of Wales

Construction begins on the second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales. Photo BAE Systems.


11 September 2014 naval-technology.com


BAE Systems has successfully docked the hull sections of the UK Royal Navy's second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, at its Rosyth shipyard, marking the commencement of the carrier's assembly phase.


The latest move comes within days of the announcement by the UK Prime Minster David Cameron that HMS Prince of Wales will be commissioned, assuring that Britain would always possess an aircraft carrier, available from 2020.


Aircraft Carrier Alliance managing director Ian Booth said: "Every milestone in the carrier programme is hugely significant and the recent announcement that HMS Prince of Wales will enter service means there is a real sense of excitement as we start to bring the second ship together.


"Everyone working across the Alliance is incredibly proud of the work undertaken so far, in what is currently one of the biggest engineering projects in the country and we remain focused on delivering both ships to the highest standards."


Weighing at 6,000t and 8,000t respectively, both Lower Blocks 02 and 03 will form the distinctive forward hull section and the mid-section of the aircraft carrier's hull respectively.


Lower Block 02 will be equipped with machinery spaces, stores and switchboards, while Lower Block 03 will feature 160 cabins and the ship's bakery.


Following the anticipated structural completion by July 2016, Prince of Wales will begin sea trials in January 2019, followed by acceptance in August of the same year.


In addition, BAE is currently working on outfitting the HMS Queen Elizabeth preparing it for scheduled sea trials in 2016, with scheduled commissioning in 2017.


The UK is also investing to transform HM Naval Base Portsmouth as the home port of the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, with work involving dredging the approach and main channels within the harbour, upgrading navigational support and the revamp of several jetties, together with extensive infrastructure enhancements.


Delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a joint initiative by BAE Systems, Thales UK, Babcock and the UK Ministry of Defence, both aircraft carriers will be the showpiece of Britain's defence capability for the 21st century.


The two 300m-long, 74m-wide and 65,000t vessels will boost sustained operations and ferry an air wing of up to 40 aircraft, as well as offer armed forces with a four-acre military operating base that can travel about 500 miles per day and be deployed anywhere worldwide.

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