Aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has arrived in Scotland for a logistics stop.
The 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier is returning to Glenmallan in Scotland for a routine logistics visit.
We’ve left our taskgroup behind as we draw NEPTUNE STRIKE to a close. We’ve achieved a lot of firsts, gained valuable insight and training, and demonstrated our capabilities.
— HMS Queen Elizabeth (@HMSQNLZ) November 12, 2023
The vessel has visited the Northern Ammunition Jetty at Glen Mallan near Faslane multiple times since it was upgraded. According to a news release on the upgrade work:
“We awarded a £67m contract to VolkerStevin in 2019. Alongside them, we worked with managing agent Jacobs, which provided engineering and professional services, as well as designer Arch Henderson. In completing this major project, £20m was spent with local suppliers and small and medium enterprises in Scotland. The jetty was last upgraded in the 1970s and had reached the end of its economic life. The upgrade work has not only extended the life of the jetty by an estimated fifty years, but has also made the site accessible for the Royal Navy’s aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.
In fact, HMS Queen Elizabeth visited part way through the work, back in March 2021, in preparation for her first operational deployment. This was not originally planned but became necessary when the scale of the ship’s deployment increased, presenting the team with a challenge to make the jetty operational in time for her arrival. Everyone involved, from DIO, VolkerStevin, Jacobs and the various subcontractors worked closely together to enable HMS Queen Elizabeth to berth at the unfinished jetty, which she did successfully.”