The Government have confirmed that planning is underway to evaluate the feasibility of berthing the Queen Elizabeth class carriers in Gibraltar.
Bob Stewart, MP for Beckenham asked in a written question to the Secretary of State for Defence:
“To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what infrastructure and dredging will be required at the facilities at South Mole in Gibraltar to enable the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers to load (a) life support cargo, (b) fuel supplies and (c) munitions directly from the dock side.”
Answered by Harriett Baldwin, Under Secretary of State for Defence Procurement:
“As part of forward planning for the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers, the Royal Navy continues to review ports that would be accessible to these ships. This process includes the infrastructure requirements at South Mole in Gibraltar.”
This comes after Minister Mike Penning described the territory as a “massively significant base”.
According to the Gibraltar Chronicle, Mr Penning also confirmed that HMS Queen Elizabeth would visit Gibraltar by Easter of 2018.
“Queen Elizabeth, the new aircraft carrier, will be here. She will moor in Gibraltar.”
Just incase you were wondering how big the carriers are compared to the territory:
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