North East firms contribute to new Navy aircraft carrier

Parts of the Royal Navy's largest-ever aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, were built in the North East of England.

The vessel, which was formally named by the Queen herself in Fife, is 72,000 tonnes and 932 feet long. She was built in sections around the UK and shipped to Roswyth to be put together.

A&P Group, in Hebburn South Tyneside built her flight deck, which is the size of five football pitches.

Some of the steel used to make up the vessel was also built at plants in Hartlepool and Skinningrove, on Teesside.

The warship was named at a formal ceremony in Fife Credit: PA Wire
Hundreds of workers joined the Navy and royal dignitaries in celebrating the opening
The ship was built in sections around the UK and put together at Roswyth Credit: PA

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