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The Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers are the largest, most powerful surface ships Britain has ever built.

The carriers had undergone a lengthy gestation period (more than a decade) and numerous design changes before the vessels were ordered in 2008 to accommodate the  jump-jet version of the F-35 Lightning II.

‘Meanwhile work on the ships continues apace across the land. More than 200 subcontractors across the UK from Peterhead in north-east Scotland to the shores of north and south Devon are providing parts and equipment worth £1.6BN for the ships.

In all upwards of 10,000 people are involved in the carrier project in the UK alone, 7,000 of them in the six shipyards producing giant sections of the two ships: Babcock at Rosyth and Appledore, A&P in Newcastle, Cammell Laird on Merseyside and BAE Systems in Portsmouth and on the Clyde.

All those sections eventually arrive in Rosyth where the carrier ‘jigsaw’ is being put together in a specially-expanded dry dock before the completed carriers are ‘floated out’ – rather than launched.

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