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UK carrier to enter dry dock for first time

02 April 2019
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The UK Royal Navy's first-of-class aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has sailed from Portsmouth naval base to Babcock International's Rosyth facility to begin a six-week maintenance period.

This will be the first time the 65,000-ton carrier has undergone dry-dock maintenance since entering service in December 2017.

During the dry-dock period, the carrier will undergo a routine, planned hull survey and maintenance of its underwater systems, according to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). The ministry announced in January that Babcock had been awarded a GBP5 million (USD6.5 million) contract to carry out the maintenance work.

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