28 Nov '13, 10am

Queen Elizabeth’s all-seeing eye in place as radar is installed

Queen Elizabeth’s all-seeing eye in place as radar is installed

A large black slab now sits atop Britain’s biggest warship as the huge radar antenna was fitted to the superstructure of HMS Queen Elizabeth. The nation’s future flagship now stands 56 metres (183ft) tall – higher than Nelson’s Column – after the enormous Goliath crane lifted the 8.4-tonne long-range radar into place on top of the carrier’s forward island. The radar – similar to those fitted on the Type 45 destroyers – safely arrived in Rosyth with its support, the mast cap, from Hengelo in the eastern Netherlands back in September. Since then feverish work has been going on around Queen Elizabeth to complete her hull (finished earlier this month [NOV] with the addition of her ski ramp). With the addition of the mast cap and black slab – officially an antenna, despite its size (32m2 or 344ft2) – all of the ship’s main structure blocks are now in place. The radar, which pro...

Full article: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/News-and-Events/Latest-News/2...

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