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Babcock Gets £5m Deal for First-Ever HMS Queen Elizabeth Dry-Dock Maintenance

23 January 2019

The MOD have announced it has awarded Babcock’s Rosyth dockyard a £5m contract for the first planned dry-dock maintenance of the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The contract will allow the 65,000-tonne carrier to undergo a routine, planned hull survey and maintenance of her underwater systems over a six-week period at the company’s Rosyth site.

The work will sustain 100 jobs at its peak and be carried out in the summer.

The dry-docking period will mark the carrier’s return to the shipyard where she was built.

Her sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales, is currently undergoing the final stages of construction at the Rosyth yard and was powered up for the first time in November.

She is due to be handed over to the Royal Navy later this year.

HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales are the largest ships ever built for the Royal Navy.

HMS Queen Elizabeth will start the third and final stage of aviation trials later this year with British-owned F-35s. She is expected to enter operational service in 2020, prior to her first deployment in 2021.