War­ships are un­der way

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WORK has of­fi­cially started on two of the largest ever Royal Navy war­ships.

Peter Luff, Min­is­ter for De­fence Equip­ment, Sup­port and Tech­nol­ogy, was at Rosyth, Fife, to see the start of con­struc­tion on the Queen El­iz­a­beth Class air­craft car­ri­ers.

Go­liath, Europe’s big­gest crane, will lift sec­tions of the 65,000tonne ves­sels into place at Bab­cock’s ship­yard later this week.

The con­struc­tion project is worth bil­lions of pounds to Scot­land’s econ­omy and will cre­ate and sus­tain thou­sands of jobs.

Mr Luff said: “It is a huge priv­i­lege to wit­ness what can only be de­scribed as his­tory in the mak­ing.

“The job of build­ing these car­ri­ers is a huge chal­lenge but we are very for­tu­nate to have such a ded­i­cated and skilled work­force.”

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