Seen here Philip Dunne MIN DP starts the generator. The first of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s mighty diesel generators was powered-up today marking a major milestone on the way to her becoming an operational warship ready to go to sea.
The 65,000 tonne future flagship of the Royal Navy has undergone months of preparation work by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA) to start the first of her four diesel engines, which are directly coupled to the generators.
Together, each power unit weighs approximately 200 tonnes – the weight of two medium size passenger jets.
Minister of State for Defence Procurement, Philip Dunne, officially started the first of the ship’s four diesel generators at the home of the UK’s aircraft carrier programme in Rosyth, Scotland today bringing the ship to life for the first time.