Babcock awarded carrier maintenance contract
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a £5 million contract to Babcock's Rosyth dockyard to carry out the first planned dry-dock maintenance of the Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth, the MoD announced on 9 January.
The contract will see the 65,000t aircraft carrier undergo a routine, planned hull survey and maintenance of its underwater systems over a six-week period. The work will be carried out in the summer.
Queen Elizabeth will resume aviation trials later in 2019 with F-35 aircraft. The ship is expected to enter operational service in 2020, prior to its first deployment in 2021.
HMS Queen Elizabeth’s sister ship, Prince of Wales, is currently undergoing the final stages of construction at the Rosyth shipyard. The vessel is due to be handed over to the Royal Navy later in 2019.
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