The crew of the UK Royal Navy’s first Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has taken delivery of its first logistics compartment.
The unit is one of 3010 compartments that will be installed on the aircraft carrier.
Designated as 9J, the logistics compartment is situated around eight decks down from the flight deck of the vessel; roughly mid-ship.
The compartments will be labelled in alphabetical order extending from the bow to the stern of the vessel.
The two QEC ships are being built by Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a consortium of the UK Ministry of Defence, BAE Systems, Thales and Babcock.
HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to begin sea trials in August this year, followed by commissioning in May 2017.
Weighing 65,000t and featuring a flight deck spanning around 4.5acres, the first QE-class carrier can launch, land and maintain aircraft 24h-a-day for war efforts, humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations.
The 300m-long vessel will boost sustained operations, and has an air-wing of up to 40 aircraft, in addition to AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin HM2 multi-role rotorcraft and Merlin HC4 amphibious support helicopters.
The second QEC aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, welcomed its first crew, comprised of twelve navy personnel, last month.
To be commissioned in 2020, the 30,000t carrier is expected to reach initial operating capability in 2023.
Image: Personnel inside the QEC class aircraft carrier compartment. Photo: courtesy of Royal Navy.