Babcock has completed the first docking and maintenance period on HMS Queen Elizabeth at its Rosyth site.
Earlier in the year, Babcock won a £5 million contract for this dry-dock maintenance work. The carrier underwent a planned hull survey and maintenance of her underwater systems over a six-week period at the company’s Rosyth site.
“Working closely alongside the Royal Navy, we understand the importance of ensuring that HMS Queen Elizabeth remains in optimum condition and are delighted to have undertaken the first ever docking and maintenance period here in Rosyth. Seeing the two carriers back on site together was quite a moment for our workforce, we have a real affinity with these vessels and this is a fantastic achievement for everyone who played a part in this important work.”
A 100-strong team undertook the docking period, which included replacing 284 hull valves and renewing all cathodic protection electrodes and anodes, as well as painting the hulland carrying out work on the stabilisers, rudders and shaft lines.
Due to enter the service in 2020 after extensive whole ship trials, HMS Queen Elizabeth has a four-acre flight deck and two propellers weighing 33 tonnes each. She is capable of carrying up to 40 aircraft, as well as state-of-the-art weaponry and communications systems.
HMS Queen Elizabeth will now soon sail to conduct further sea trials ahead of deploying again later this year for ‘WESTLANT 19’, where she will embark British F-35B jets for further tests.
She will deploy operationally in 2021.