Cammell Laird Builds Centre Blocks for HMS Prince of Wales

Cammell Laird has completed its first centre blocks for a second aircraft carrier set to become the centrepiece of Britain’s military capability.

Cammell Laird aircraft (corner) Jeff Jones, John Drummond, Joe Dawber DSC_3351

The Birkenhead marine and engineering services company has fabricated and outfitted two blocks for the new PRINCE OF WALES aircraft carrier, which are being transported by sea to the Rosyth shipyard in Scotland.

Construction of the blocks began in July 2013 and has involved a workforce of 250 including contractors. Cammell Laird is playing a key role in the aircraft carrier project, the biggest UK engineering project since the London Olympics.

Cammell Laird built nine units for the first aircraft carrier, HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, and is now building six units for the second. The latest phase is currently on-time and on-budget. A further four blocks will be delivered around August 2015.

Carrier shot Oct 14

The new centre blocks are being transported from Merseyside to Rosyth on a barge pulled by an ocean-going tug over four to five days.

The two latest blocks, known as CB02 Ring F and Ring G, are 40 metres wide, 15 metres deep and 10 metres tall. Ring F weighs 942 tonnes while Ring G is 642 tonnes.

The UK’s QE Class aircraft carrier project has created or sustained around 10,000 jobs across six UK shipyards.

Press Release, October 13, 2014; Image: Cammell Laird