We’ve helped to design and deliver the aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, as part of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance – a unique partnership between Babcock, BAE Systems, Thales UK and the MOD.
The scale of the project was immense: to design, build and deliver the nation’s flagships – the largest, most powerful warships ever built for the Royal Navy. Each flight deck is the size of 60 Wimbledon tennis courts, and each ship has two 33-tonne propellers.
Creating ships on this scale is an extraordinary feat of engineering. The partnership used more than 3,100km of electric cable, 2 million metres of fibre optic cable, more than 364km of piping, 41km of ventilation trunking and 65,000 tonnes of steel for each ship – creating history in the process.
HMS Queen Elizabeth left the Babcock site for sea trials in June 2017, with HMS Prince of Wales set to follow in 2019.