January 8, 2013 7:31 pm

Building the UK’s biggest warships

Work is under way on the construction of HMS Queen Elizabeth. This aircraft carrier and its sister ship HMS Prince of Wales, are the biggest warships ever built for the UK’s Royal Navy, with each ship having the capacity to transport 40 aircraft. HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to enter service in 2017 and about 700 companies are working on the £5.2bn programme to build the two vessels.

Explore the Queen Elizabeth by clicking on the ship, and find out about the main companies and shipyards involved in the project.

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