British Princess names Royal Navy's refurbished jetty at Portsmouth
British Royal Princess Anne has officially named the refurbished berth at the Royal Navy's Portsmouth Naval Base in the UK as the Princess Royal Jetty.
The vast berth was formerly known as Middle Slip Jetty, and has been revamped to accommodate the Royal Navy’s two new 65,000t Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.
The berth has been upgraded and modernised to support the aircraft carriers as part of a number of infrastructure enhancements being conducted at the site, ahead of the arrival of the first HMS Queen Elizabeth vessel later this year.
Portsmouth Naval Base commander commodore Jeremy Rigby said: “It was a privilege to welcome Her Royal Highness back into the naval base to officially name this historic jetty.
“Work continues at a pace to get our naval base ready for the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth later this year, and the excitement builds as we now enter the final stages of work, testing and training ahead of her arrival.”
The jetty has also undergone dredging of the approach channel, inner harbour area and berth to make them deeper and wider, in order to better accommodate the new vessels.
UK Defence Procurement Minister Harriett Baldwin said: “The work on The Princess Royal Jetty is a fantastic example of how we are investing in the future of the Royal Navy, and is the culmination of £100m of infrastructure upgrades in Portsmouth in preparation for our two new aircraft carriers.”
The new jetty has also been equipped with navigational lights, a high-voltage electrical supply as well as specialist carrier-specific gangways, known as brows.
US supply ship USNS Robert E Peary previously tested the strength of the new Princess Royal Jetty last week.
Image: British Royal Navy’s new Princess Royal Jetty at Portsmouth Naval Base in UK. Photo: courtesy of Crown Copyright.