9J, a logistics compartment deep inside HMS Queen Elizabeth, will serve as a temporary training facility for the Damage Control Officer.
This is the first of just over 3,010 compartments on Britain’s new carrier handed over for the crew of HMS Queen Elizabeth. Over the coming weeks, this compartment will be populated with equipment and training will commence.
According to the Royal Navy, “9J is very deep in the bowels of the 65,000-tonne flat-top (eight decks down from the flight deck) and roughly midships (compartments are labeled A to Z bow to stern).”
The Queen Elizabeth class mark a change from expressing carrier power in terms of number of aircraft carried, to the number of sortie’s that can be generated from the deck. The class are not the largest class of carrier in the world but they are most likely the smallest and least expensive carrier the Royal Navy could build which still have the advantages that large carriers offer.
This comes as new modular accommodation to house sailors working on the new supercarriers has been completed almost one month early.
The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) is supporting the carrier programme by providing site security, messing and recreational facilities and accommodation for the carrier’s crew. A total of 302 new cabins are now ready to be occupied by service personnel based at Rosyth.
DIO Head of Establishment Peter Bush said:
“I am delighted at the completion of this project and that we are able to offer the crew of the carrier this great accommodation which fits their needs.
These new modular cabins were the best choice for the job as they can be set up quickly and considerably more cheaply than building new accommodation from scratch in the traditional way and can be removed on completion of HMS Prince of Wales.
It also allows the sailors to live close to the ship which makes a big difference to them.”
Speaking after the handover of the first phase of the accommodation in August, Capt Simon Petitt, Senior Naval Officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth said:
“The accommodation is both modern and practical, and more importantly offers a real sense of home comforts for our sailors who are looking forward to moving in and being in one location so that we are all of one company.”
The last units were handed over 3 weeks ahead of schedule ready to welcome members of the carrier crew.
Crew move aboard the first carrier in May 2016, sea trials begin in August 2016 and Queen Elizabeth moves to Portsmouth in 2017.