Images of the flight deck have been released by the Royal Navy showing the rapid progress of HMS Queen Elizabeth.
Specialist teams have also been developing a protective coating using a combination of aluminium and titanium in order for the deck to withstand temperatures of up to 1,500 °C and is expected to provide protection through the 50-year life of the carriers.
The specialist thermal coating is being applied to sections of the vast flight deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth. Approximately 2,000 square metres of the 19,000 square metre flight deck will be coated, with the work due to be completed prior to sea trials in early 2017.
Ian Booth, managing director of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, said:
“There is incredible momentum behind the programme to prepare HMS Queen Elizabeth for sea trials and integrate the F-35B Lightning II aircraft. Working with experts in the UK, we have developed a unique coating to provide the necessary protection to the flight deck of the aircraft carriers and this will ensure they can deliver the UK’s carrier strike capability for the next fifty years.”
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The fwd upperdeck is now resembling what a carrier flight deck should look like. pic.twitter.com/oCA3hD2UjM
— HMS Queen Elizabeth (@HMSQnlz) June 11, 2016