Following the completion of posthandover engineering activities, the Royal Navy’s flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, will embark on front line operations equipped with specially modified materials handling equipment supplied by Briggs Defence.
The largest and most powerful warship in Britain’s illustrious naval history, the state-of-the-art carrier is 280 metres in length (920 feet) and has been built at six shipyards across the UK.
Amongst the ship’s inventory are counterbalance forklift trucks plus powered pallet trucks and telehandlers, all supplied as part of a contract between the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) project team at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Briggs Defence, a specialist division of leading asset management and engineering services specialist, Briggs Equipment.
The contract also includes the supply of a ride-on scrubber drier for cleaning critical areas of the ship, including the flight deck, and mobile elevated working platforms for ship maintenance activities, demonstrating Briggs Defence’s ability to deliver a fully integrated equipment solution.
Gary Clements of Briggs Defence commented: “The creation of the Royal Navy’s new carrier fleet, which also includes HMS Queen Elizabeth’s sister ship HMS Prince of Wales, is one of the most ambitious investment programmes ever by the MoD and we are proud to be associated with such a prestigious military project.
“As well as supplying equipment with a proven track record when it comes to performance and reliability in demanding environments, our remit also includes operator and maintenance training to enable the crew to service and repair the trucks and equipment while at sea.
“Much of the equipment we are supplying has been customised for use at sea to meet the specific requirements of the DE&S project team, and to fulfil the contract we have drawn on decades of experience in providing support for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Landing Ship Dock (Auxiliary) vessels.”