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    Have you left something behind? Bizarre spectacle as bridge of £6bn aircraft carrier sets sail without the rest of the ship

    The bridge of a huge, new £6bn warship set sail for an extraordinary 600-mile voyage today, but something rather important was missing - the rest of the ship.

    The large section of the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier was a strange sight to see as it left the BAE Systems’ shipyard in Portsmouth, Hampshire to join the remainder of the 65,000-tonne carrier on a dry dock in Rosyth, Fife in Scotland.

    Onlookers compared the fully-painted, 680-tonne bridge of HMS Queen Elizabeth to ‘something out of Star Trek’ as it towered over surrounding boats.

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    Strange sight at sea: The 680-tonne bridge of HMS Queen Elizabeth set sail today from Portsmouth, Hampshire for a 600 mile voyage to join the rest of the ship in Scotland

    HMS Queen Elizabeth is the first of two new warships ordered by the government. They are the largest ships ever built for the navy and have cost more than £6billion to build.

    The first carrier is due to be launched for the first time next year and ministers hope that both vessels will be operational from 2020.

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    'Something out of Star Trek': Onlookers watched as the huge bridge set sail, towering over surrounding boats
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    Biggest ever: The warship is one of two new warships ordered by the government. They are the largest ships ever built for the navy and have cost more than £6billion to build

    It took hundreds of BAE shipbuilders more than 16 months to build the Forward Island bridge tower at Portsmouth Naval Base.

    The bridge has already been fully fitted out with windows, cutting-edge electronic controls and the seats from where commanders will plot global missions.

    One of the largest cranes in Europe will eventually plant the bridge on top of Queen Elizabeth's flight deck as the UK-wide engineering project comes together.

    After installing 37 miles of cables and 3,101 pipes inside the section, shipbuilders gathered at the jetty to admire their handiwork today.

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    Time to sail: It took hundreds of BAE shipbuilders more than 16 months to build the Forward Island bridge tower at Portsmouth Naval Base
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    Send off: Today was an 'iconic milestone' in building the new flagships, project leader Paul Bowsher said

    Paul Bowsher, who leads the building project for BAE Systems in Portsmouth, told his staff: ‘Today is a day of celebration - it is both an important and iconic milestone in the programme to build the nation's new flagships.

    ‘The delivery of the Forward Island marks a new and exciting phase in the programme when we begin to really see the immense scale of the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers as the first ship comes together at Rosyth.

    ‘I would like to thank all involved in the programme for your continued commitment and professionalism as we work together to deliver these magnificent ships.’

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    What it will look like: An artist's impression of the new aircraft carriers, which are due to be launched for the first time next year. It is hoped that both vessels will be operational from 2020

    HMS Queen Elizabeth Island Superstructure departs Portsmouth Harbour (HD) - YouTube

    HMS Queen Elizabeth: Bizarre spectacle as bridge of aircraft carrier sets sail without the rest of the ship | Mail Online
     
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