The redevelopment of the British Royal Navy jetty at Her Majesty's Naval Dockyard Portsmouth has been completed in time for the arrival of the navy's largest warships.
The jetty has been functional for more than 90 years, and has been revamped and upgraded to accommodate the first of the Queen Elizabeth-class (QEC) aircraft carriers.
Refurbishment works also included dredging of the approach channel, inner harbour area and berth to make them deep and wide enough for the new ships, as well as moving three million cubic metres of clay, sand and gravel from an area the size of 200 football pitches.
Navigational lights, a high-voltage electrical supply and specialist carrier-specific gangways known as ‘brows' are also being provided as part of the project.
DIO project manager Philip Wise said: “I am delighted that the works to the jetty are completed. It is a crucial element of the £100m infrastructure package being delivered to support the arrival of the carriers into their homeport of Portsmouth.
“We are looking forward to seeing the first of the ships berthing against the new and improved jetty later this year.”
Naval Dockyard Portsmouth is now focusing on Familiarisation, Integration and Testing (Fit) to prepare equipment, personnel and processes for the arrival of the QEC aircraft carriers following the completion of the major jetty works.
The navy has already commenced Phase III of the FIT trials using the 40,000t US naval ship (USNS) Robert E. Peary for live testing of people, processes and equipment.
Image: USNS Robert E Peary on the jetty at UK’s Naval Dockyard Portsmouth. Photo: courtesy of Crown Copyright.