Portsmouth Dockyard jetty read for QEC
The Ministry of Defence has invested £100 million in the naval base in order to ready infrastructure for the arrival of the carrier later this year.
The refurbishment package has included dredging of the approach channel, inner harbour area and berth in order to make them deep and wide enough for the new ships; the installation of new navigational lights, a high-voltage electrical supply and specialist carrier-specific gangways, known as 'brows'.
The current focus is on a programme of Familiarisation, Integration and Testing (FIT) to prepare equipment, personnel and processes for the arrival of the carriers. They provide means to practice and refine standard operating procedures designed for the QEC and to role-play emergency scenarios. As part of phase three of the FIT trials, the visit of US Navy vessel Robert E Peary is being used for live testing of people, processes and equipment.
The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has worked with VolkerStevin and BAE Systems to deliver the package.
Philip Wise, DIO project manager, said: 'I am delighted that the works to the jetty are completed. It is a crucial element of the £100 million infrastructure package being delivered to support the arrival of the carriers into their home port of Portsmouth. We are looking forward to seeing the first of the ships berthing against the new and improved jetty later this year.'
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