Queen names battleship built for Royal Navy using Scunthorpe steel

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 8 Dec 2017

The Queen yesterday officially endorsed the skills of Scunthorpe steelworkers.

The monarch was in Portsmouth to name Britain's biggest-ever warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The £3 billion aircraft carrier is the largest warship ever to be built for the Royal Navy and thousands of tonnes of steel for the project was made in Scunthorpe at what is now the British Steel works.

Yesterday's ceremony came nine years after the Scunthorpe works won a contract from the Ministry of Defence to produce the steel.

Scunthorpe also made steel for a second carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, which is being built.

The HMS Queen Elizabeth ahead of her commissioning ceremony on Thursday in Portsmouth(Image: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/PA Images)

The orders were supplied to BAE Systems by the former owner of British Steel, Tata Steel.

READ MORE: Owners defend high interest rates on loans to Scunthorpe steelworks

Corus, the then-Scunthorpe site owners, beat off worldwide competition to win the reported £65 million contract.

Royal Navy ratings practice in the hanger of HMS Queen Elizabeth ahead of her commissioning ceremony on Thursday in Portsmouth (Image: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/PA Images)

A dedicated project management team helped deliver the steel for HMS Queen Elizabeth,, which is 920ft long and has room for 1,600 crew and aircrew, and dozens of jets.

Together with HMS Prince of Wales, it will form the backbone of Allied air power for the next 50 years and will also help to sell British industry abroad.

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