HMS Queen Elizabeth (Picture: Royal Navy).
Navy

HMS Queen Elizabeth Maintenance Contract Awarded To Babcock

The work will see the aircraft carrier undergo a routine hull survey and maintenance of her underwater systems.

HMS Queen Elizabeth (Picture: Royal Navy).

HMS Queen Elizabeth (Picture: Royal Navy).

Rosyth dockyard in Scotland has been awarded a contract to carry out the first planned dry-dock maintenance of the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, Defence Minister Stuart Andrew has announced. 

The £5 million contract, won by defence company Babcock, will allow the carrier to undergo a routine hull survey and maintenance of her underwater systems.

In November, Babcock revealed a 64% plunge in profits for the first half of 2018.

According to the Ministry of Defence, the work will sustain 100 jobs at its peak and it will be carried out over the summer. 

 

Rosyth dockyard (Picture: MOD).
Rosyth dockyard (Picture: MOD).

Mr Andrew said: "After a phenomenal year of trials off the East Coast of the US, this dry-docking contract is an important step for HMS Queen Elizabeth as she gears up for operations.

"The largest ship in our Royal Navy’s history, which was assembled in Rosyth, will now return for this multi-million-pound routine maintenance work as she gets set to represent Britain across the world for decades to come."

The dry-docking period will mark her return to the shipyard where she was built. 

Her sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales, is currently undergoing the final stages of construction at the Rosyth yard and was powered up for the first time in November.

She is due to be handed over to the Royal Navy later this year.

F-35 on the landing deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth (Picture: MOD).
F-35 on the landing deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth (Picture: MOD).

HMS Queen Elizabeth returned to the UK in December after a four-month deployment in the United States, conducting flight trials with the new F-35 fighter jet. 

More than 500 takeoffs and landings were conducted over the period and at full capacity, the ship will be able to carry 72 F-35s at once.

HMS Queen Elizabeth will resume flight trials later this year with British-owned F-35s.

She is expected to enter operational service in 2020, prior to her first deployment in 2021.