The Aircraft Carrier Alliance has handed over the first compartments of the Queen Elizabeth-class of aircraft carrier, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, to its crew.
The move comes a year ahead of the ship’s scheduled delivery to the UK Royal Navy.
Aircraft Carrier Alliance is a partnership between BAE Systems, Thales UK, Babcock, and the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
The UK MoD is investing nearly £178bn in new equipment, including aircraft carriers for its armed forces.
The six large compartments are part of the dry storage areas of the ship for the catering teams.
These compartments will be used to train the ship’s crew in damage control, including fire-fighting, flood and medical emergencies.
The catering teams will also use these compartments to train people in using stores equipment, such as the portable electric transporters and lifts.
HMS Queen Elizabeth lieutenant commander John Ball said: "Having the capability to start our damage control training on-board the ship so early is extremely exciting and will save us a vast amount of time. It will help us accelerate our learning opportunities and go some way to make sure our people are ready to operate the ship ahead of sea trials.
"While we could undertake similar training on-board other ships, there’s nothing like training on the actual vessel you’ll sail on as we learn the specialist techniques required to operate such a large and complex warship."
Each 65,000t aircraft carrier will provide the armed forces with a four acre military operating base, which can be deployed worldwide.
The vessels can be used for various operations, ranging from supporting war efforts to providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
Image: The Aircraft Carrier Alliance has successfully signed over the first compartments of HMS Queen Elizabeth to her crew. Photo: courtesy of Clara Murray / BAE Systems.