We are extremely proud of the valuable contribution we make to the Queen Elizabeth Class Carrier programme, working as part of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance.  The QE Class Carriers represent an engineering challenge of unprecedented scale and complexity for the United Kingdom; a national endeavour, involving six shipyards and 10,000 people.
Our expertise in the design and construction of complex warships ensures the QE Class Carriers are 21st century ships for a 21st century navy, providing military operation, humanitarian and disaster relief around the world for the next fifty years.  Our contribution takes on many forms ranging from construction of huge sections of the hull at our sites in Glasgow and Portsmouth to the complex integration of the F-35B aircraft.  Our technology runs throughout the carrier helping to improve operational effectiveness and efficiency and our sophisticated mission systems are the brains of the ships. Beyond the actual ships, we have worked alongside the UK Ministry of Defence to oversee significant national investment into Portsmouth Naval Base; the home of the QE Class Carriers.
To find out more visit our Warship support homepage

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Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers
I am delighted to welcome HMS Queen Elizabeth to her new home at Portsmouth Naval Base. As a member of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, BAE Systems employees have played a vital role in bringing the ship to life. As operators of Portsmouth Naval Base on behalf of the Royal Navy, our employees will now help to take care of the nation’s new flagship. Today is a proud day for us all. Nigel Whitehead, Group Managing Director

Welcome to Scotstoun, HMS Glasgow! Having successfully entered the water last night, HMS Glasgow is now safely at our shipyard in Scotstoun, Glasgow, where we’ll complete her outfit before starting test and commissioning. @RoyalNavy @DefenceHQ https://t.co/sU7Ll4xBwa https://t.co/bCPWBwi0Bw

HMS Glasgow is in the water! Seeing the First of Class Type 26 in the water for the very first time is an amazing sight and a brilliant moment for everyone across the Type 26 programme who’s worked so hard to reach this milestone. @RoyalNavy @DefenceHQ https://t.co/v107PBToh9 https://t.co/x2WJ5uxew1

Helping incredible people make incredible things happen makes us really proud. This courageous team of ex-servicemen are retracing the WWII Cockleshell Heroes to raise money for @theRMcharity @PoppyLegion @HelpforHeroes Best of luck! https://t.co/eTdT7rQRum https://t.co/aRRSzvPVJP

Farewell to @820NAS and @825NAS 👋🚁 It’s been a blast — see you again soon! https://t.co/T1Z2S0luUJ

#HMSGlasgow spent St Andrew's Day transiting the River Clyde for the first time. The first of the Type 26 frigates will ultimately be delivered to Scotstoun after completing the first stage of her construction at Govan shipyard. Today she passed the Titan Crane and Erskine Bridge https://t.co/TeqwfDayrP

HMS Glasgow is on the move! She is now heading down river to enter the water for the first time before returning to Glasgow to our Scotstoun yard for further outfitting and test and commissioning. A momentous occasion for this First of Class Type 26. https://t.co/hNRA2qFSGd https://t.co/0UlqnOgxlq

And in a flash they were gone ⚡ @OC617Sqn flying a four ship past @HMSQNLZ. #CSG22 https://t.co/smxiQeC0oj

New week – getting ready to go for a day’s work! 😀 @820NAS @OC617Sqn https://t.co/8TG1yvekWu

Sunday at sea – saying farewell to Rev’d Eddie Willis RN who is heading to @RNASYeovilton for his next posting. Thank you for your Service! 🔔 https://t.co/FsyKXzH8wn

Royal Air Force F-35B Lightning jets and personnel from @RAF_Marham, currently embarked on HMS Queen Elizabeth @HMSQNLZ, have visited the Norwegian capital of Oslo, as part of Operation Achillean. Full story: https://t.co/rsSda3JRLg https://t.co/sbeIJ3VBr0

Our #AwesoME Marine Engineers aka the “Badgers” hard at work! ⛽️🦡 @RN_engineers #STEM https://t.co/vhx38m5rDg

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