BAE Systems managers tell of their pride in HMS Queen Elizabeth 'It's not just the performance, it's making sure the performance comes safely.
That's vital to us.' One of the key parts coach outlet online coupons of the base's overhaul involved restructuring the entire northern quarter of the site and making space for the two 65,000 tonne mega warships. It was a role that Chris said was like 'a jigsaw puzzle', that required a close co operation with the naval base commander and the HQ's head of the infrastructure for the Queen Elizabeth class, Captain Iain Greenlees. The project saw major enhancements to the jetty, parts of which dated back more coach website online shopping than 90 years. The berths needed to be strengthened, to be able to cope with the vast weight of the carriers when they are alongside. About 276 metres of jetty have been reinforced with more than 3,300 tonnes of new steel work. While new navigation lights have been installed in the harbour and Solent, with huge new fenders and specially designed gangways delivered to accommodate the giant ships. Hard standing facilities of the jetty have been upgraded. These include a dedicated engineering support area, responsible for ensuring the naval base is ready to support HMS Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales, in the centre's Illustrious Complex. The complex will also act as an amenities centre for the BAE Systems and sub contractor engineering workforce to provide domestic, catering and recreational facilities. In the centre's Ark Royal building, there is a holding area for up to 200 personnel awaiting transfer to the ship at anchor, conference and visitors centres as well as facilities to cater for VIP visitors for exhibitions and visits. Last week work to install a specialist combined heat and power plant at the base began. It will recycle energy, reduce the base's carbon footprint and save the Ministry coach factory outlet sale 2015 of Defence up to 4m a year in energy costs. The 12m plant, which will be completed next year, will help meet the increased energy demands when the carriers arrive. Based inside the former boiler house, the new system coach outlet milpitas produces electricity and heat from a single fuel source and is able to retain excess heat which would have otherwise been wasted. One of the others involved in getting the base shipshape is Simon Hughes, estates programme manager at BAE Systems. His role involved him co ordinating the delivery of the northern quarter of the naval base. Simon said: 'It's been a really big project. It's been exciting and challenging at the same time. 'I can't believe how quickly the time has gone from where I look back six months ago, where the jetty was just being finished, to where we are now. 'When you look at how much work the teams have delivered in that time. One, that's gone extremely quickly but two, a lot has been done. 'Where has that time gone? It's been unbelievable.' Previously he worked at the shipbuilding wing of the naval base before it was axed and moved up north in 2013. He was part of the team that helped construct Queen Elizabeth and was up in Rosyth to see her being pieced together. 'I found it jaw dropping when they had actually consolidated those blocks, making it structurally complete, and then you had a true grasp of the sheer size of the vessel and how impressive it looked,' he added. 'I'm sure when she comes into Portsmouth it will be equally as impressive although our view of Gosport will go.
' But once the ship does arrive in Portsmouth, the team at BAE Systems faces a new task altogether overseeing the ship and the needs of her crew. John Newell is the man in charge of this new chapter. As the head of the Queen Elizabeth class support team, he will be responsible for co ordinating all the services assisting the vessels whenever they arrive at the naval HQ.
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