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HMS Queen Elizabeth crew trains at Raleigh

26th January 2018 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Crew from the Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has undergone training in the operation of the ship’s workboats at the HMS Raleigh seamanship training establishment, the navy announced on 24 January.

Crew spent two weeks learning how to manoeuvre the craft on the River Lynher, Tamar, and out in Plymouth Sound. 

The new class of workboats are powered by two water-jets, unlike the Pacific 24 ribs, which operate with a single jet; as a result they handle differently in the water.

The vessels will be used as passenger transfer boats (PTB) on Queen Elizabeth; due to the vessel's size, many ports will not be able to accommodate it at dock, so it will remain at anchor. Each of the carriers will carry four PTBs on board.

The Ministry of Defence awarded a contract for the design and construction of up to 38 workboats last year. Ranging in length from 11 to 18 metres, the boats will perform other tasks including officer training at Britannia Royal Naval College, diving tender and will also replace the current class of Survey motor boat. 

The vessels are being designed and built by Atlas Elecktronik.

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