Queen Elizabeth Class base porting infrastructure project, Portsmouth

19 November, 2015 | 17:30 - 19:30

The new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier project
The new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier project

About this event

An event organised by South Branch's Maritime Special Interest Group.

Taking on the challenge of accommodating the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier, the Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC), Volker Stevin, under a design and construct contract, is undertaking works to upgrade the existing berth facility at Her Majesty's Naval Base Portsmouth. The QEC is comprised of two aircraft carriers currently under construction. They will be the largest warships ever constructed for the Royal Navy.

The first, HMS Queen Elizabeth, was named on 4 July 2014, with her ship commissioning planned for 2016, and an initial operating capability expected in 2020. The second, HMS Prince of Wales, is scheduled to be launched around 2017, followed by commissioning in 2020 and service thereafter. The vessels currently have a displacement of approximately 70,600 tonnes (69,500 long tons), but the design anticipates growth.

The ships will be 280 metres (920 ft) long and have a tailored air group of up to forty aircraft (with the capability of carrying up to fifty at full load).

The QEC scope of work calls for the design and construction of a secure tidal berth for the new aircraft carriers on Middle Slip Jetty. This includes upgrades to the existing jetty to withstand berthing, mooring and operational forces exerted by the QEC and associated operational activities.

Additionally, the project will require increased electrical supply at the berth and the reconfiguration of the jetty to provide a potable water supply and other vessel support services. Volker Stevin will present a summary of the project and describe some of the challenges associated with delivering this challenging project.

Event materials

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