APPRENTICE CUTS FIRST STEEL FOR AIRCRAFT CARRIER BLOCK
Mon, 18 February 2013
Portsmouth, United Kingdom: A BAE Systems apprentice has cut the first steel for a key section of HMS Prince of Wales, the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier.
Centre Block 02 contains part of the aircraft hangar that will one day store the advanced Joint Strike Fighter, as well as accommodation, recreational facilities, a laundry and bakery. The block will be placed above Lower Block 02, which is also currently under construction in Portsmouth.
The symbolic first steel cut is traditionally performed by senior members of the Royal Navy, but twenty-one year old fabricator Shaun Collins was given the honour after receiving a Personal Achievement Award at the BAE Systems UK Apprentice Awards.
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Adam Rang, BAE Systems
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