The second of the UK’s new supercarriers, HMS Prince of Wales, has passed a significant milestone after two halves of the ship were joined together in a record example of precision engineering.

A specialised hydraulic system was used for the 10-hour operation as 26,500 tonnes of the forward half of the ship joined the 12,000-tonne “superblock”.

The fitting together process is believed to be the biggest ever carried out, the operation involved as little as 3mm in tolerances.

 

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Mark Pemberton
5 years ago

“Its a Supercarrier your Honour… just a bit short for actual aeroplanes”

UK Defence Journal
5 years ago
Reply to  Mark Pemberton

Sorry?

Benjamin William Champley Waterhouse
Reply to  Mark Pemberton

The clowns are on day release again…

Mark Pemberton
5 years ago
Reply to  Mark Pemberton

A snitch at £3.1Bn (each) Sir, will you be wanting planes too? We have a special sub-optimal version of the X-35 that might eventually work…. shall we say £100M each (as nobody seems to know the truth).

david southern
david southern
5 years ago
Reply to  Mark Pemberton

I think most people agree that the F35B is a bit of a dog but to be fair the present UK government did try and change that. Personally, I think we should have tried to ‘navalize’ the Typhoon and just build an extra 48 for the RN. I’m guessing it wouldn’t have cost anymore and we’d have a more capable asset.

shark bait
shark bait
5 years ago

Excellent example of British engineering

Dave Stone
Dave Stone
5 years ago

Love it, all the advanced engineering and technology that has gone into the building of these carriers, and they still rely on a good old fashioned Plumb bob and a bit of string!! Can’t beat it