Britain’s most advanced warship built to Lloyd’s Register class
The largest warship to be built in Britain, the 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, built to Lloyd’s Register class, recently arrived in her home port of Portsmouth following more than two months of sea trials in the North Sea.
LR will provide continued support on the vessel’s final trials and, together with the UK MoD, are exploring means of surveying the ship effectively and efficiently, using novel methods to assure the continued integrity and safety.
LR has been a part of this project from its inception with more than 20 surveyors and specialists working directly on the surveys of the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers under its Naval Ship Rules. A number of other LR specialists have also been involved with the design approval, specialist technical support and certification of equipment and components.
The ship was constructed across six sites in the UK and LR provided support at each build location. Equipment has been surveyed and certified across the globe; around 4000 LR certificates have been issued to provide assurance of key items in the supply chain from the casting of steel through to the factory testing.