Royal Navy’s mega dry dock plans for HMS Queen Elizabeth, in Portsmouth.
Plans are being drawn up by the Royal Navy to hopefully build a new mega dry dock which would be capable of housing Britain’s new aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elisabeth & HMS Prince of Wales in a venture that could be worth hundreds of millions for the city of Portsmouth.
The proposal is being crafted by an expert team of engineers and could see Portsmouth’s Naval Base Number 2 Basin converted into one of the country’s biggest dry docks.
If this becomes a reality, the phases of development could create up to 100 jobs and bring £1bn to Portsmouth over the next decade. The Royal Navy have said it is too early to say if the plan is viable however, they admitted it was being looked into. However, if formally approved by the Ministry of Defence, the revamp would make the naval HQ one of the most capable in the world, able to refit everything from small boats to frigates, destroyers and Britain’s two £3.1bn aircraft carriers.
The new facility would be large enough to house one of the 280m, 65,000-tonne behemoths, and allow engineers to access the hull and propulsion systems.