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Aircraft carrier programme reaches milestone

4th August 2016 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Preparations for the arrival of the British Royal Navy's HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers have reached a key milestone with the delivery of a frequency converter, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 2 August.

The frequency converter is a key element in the ships' power facilities. When the ships are at their home port, HMNB Portsmouth, they will be supplied power through a substation newly built by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) at the base.

The converter will convert the power from the 50hz frenquency of the National Grid to the 60hz required by the vessels.

The frequency converter consists of a converter and a motor, each weighing 50 tonnes. The substation building, which is connected to the National Grid, is complete, with fitting-out currently ongoing.

Electricity will be supplied with a hydraulic boom to the vessels, 'plugging in' to the side of the ships. The boom is currently being built in Italy by VolkerStevin and will be delivered in early 2017. VolkerStevin is also installing navigational aids and upgrading the jetty.

Philip Wise, DIO project manager, said: 'I'm delighted to see the delivery of the frequency converter, a clear sign of the progress we and VolkerStevin are making on these facilities. The substation is vital for HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales so we’re pleased to be playing our part in supporting the country’s new aircraft carriers.'

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