HMS Elizabeth sets sail from Cammell Laird

Cammell Laird in Merseyside
Cammell Laird in Merseyside Photo: Andy Bonner, ITV Granada

Huge flight decks for HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, the first of the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers being built for the UK Royal Navy, have left Merseyside engineering firm Cammell Laird to embark on a five day journey to the east coast of Scotland.

Cammell Laird Chief Executive John Syvret CBE said the company is immensely proud to be delivering the first phase of the £44m two year project on time.

"This is a terrific contract for the company to work on and I pay tribute to our staff and suppliers who are working enormously hard with the Aircraft Carrier Alliance to deliver these magnificent flight decks," he said. "It showcases our world class engineering facilities including our construction hall which is one of the biggest and best equipped in Europe. It further shows the depth of our workforce's skills and expertise. Moreover, it has given our 80 strong team of apprentices invaluable experience. The successful delivery of the first phase of the contract will help reinforce our campaign to promote the Cammell Laird brand worldwide.''

Cammell Laird has spend the last two weeks moving these three and a half thousand tonne sections on to a barge which is carrying the five flight deck pieces from Cammell Laird up the coast of Britain to Rosyth where the aircraft carrier will be assembled. They'll eventually form the flight decks of the new QE Class aircraft carrier.

Cammell Laird is due to complete the construction of further pieces which will be sailed to Rosyth later in the year.