HMS Queen Elizabeth’s Flight Deck Completed

first_img Print  Close zoom The flight deck of the Navy’s future flagship is now complete after two giant sections were fixed into place on HMS Queen Elizabeth.The mighty Goliath crane lifted the sponsons – the sections protruding from the hull which give an aircraft carrier their unique shape – to join the remainder of ship in its dry dock in Rosyth.At just under 500 tonnes, the final sponsons weigh roughly the same as a Sandown-class minehunter – although by the standards of the Queen Elizabeth, the segments are relatively small; the larger sections weighed in at more than 10,000 tonnes (heavier than a Type 45 destroyer).Now physically complete – the special paint to protect it from the rigours of the weather and blasts from the F35 Lightning II jets which will land and take off from it – the flight deck is the size of 60 tennis courts (and just a bit smaller than three football pitches).For those F35 operations (trials are due to begin with the successor jump jet in 2018), a ski ramp will be installed next month – mirroring the feature which propelled the Harrier skywards on the Invincible class of carriers.The Queen Elizabeth-class project is probably at the peak of effort right now with around 10,000 people involved in building the two leviathans, or providing equipment and systems to be installed on them.While almost all the media attention is focused on the future flagship, there’s also an all-out effort across the land to build her younger sister Prince of Wales, which is around two years behind Queen Elizabeth.Sections of three quarters of the Prince’s hull are under construction in Portsmouth, Govan, Merseyside and Tyneside. My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Royal Navy, October 3, 2013last_img read more

First Annual Report Released

first_imgThe Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness released its first annual report today, June 30. The office was created in March 2015 by the governments of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Prince Edward Island joined in November, making it a Maritime initiative. The office’s mandate is to reduce barriers for doing business in Nova Scotia and within the region. Over the past year, legislation was introduced and passed in the three provinces, and recordkeeping requirements were aligned. The timing of minimum wage changes was aligned in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island will align the timing of its minimum wage changes in 2017. The office also: made progress on common documents for procurement with help from the business community and government departments made recommendations to make interactions with workers’ compensation systems simpler announced plans to mutually recognize some safety standards in the region. In addition, the Nova Scotia government reduced red tape through initiatives such as making it easier to get business licences and permits, eliminating some licences, and moving processes and apprenticeship forms online. “Many people in the business community and across government have invested time and effort to identify and help design our early initiatives. Their partnership is not only important, it’s key to making this work,” said Fred Crooks, chief regulatory officer for Nova Scotia. “And while we’ve made good progress at a good pace, there’s more work to be done to create Canada’s best regulatory climate.” In the year ahead, the office will focus on introducing measurement and target setting to reduce regulatory burden and on service improvements around regulation. To view the report, visit http://novascotia.ca/regulatoryopportunity/ .last_img read more