The 11,000t section of the UK Royal Navy’s second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, has reportedly been moved out of its dock hall at BAE Systems Govan shipyard.
The hull of the vessel, designated as Lower block 04, is the largest section of the carrier and was moved with the support of around 2,000 wheels and a single remote control.
Construction of the HMS Prince of Wales is scheduled for completion in July next year and it will begin sea trials in January 2019, followed by acceptance in August of the same year.
BAE Systems Clyde QEC project head Derek McCaffrey was quoted by Evening Times as saying: "To see it start from a bare bit of metal and turn into a complex war ship is really quite something.
"We should be proud that these types of ships are still being built in Glasgow. It’s skilled people doing the work in the city."
The hull section is expected to leave Clyde for Rosyth at the end of August.
In May, the shipyard installed the bow section on the vessel under construction, marking the outward completion of its forward section.
The first aircraft carrier in this series, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is preparing for scheduled sea trials in 2016.
Delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a joint initiative by BAE Systems, Thales UK, Babcock, and the UK Ministry of Defence, both aircraft carriers will represent Britain’s defence capability.
Image: The first Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, was launched in July last year. Photo: courtesy of HMS Gannet.