One of the largest engineering challenges currently being undertaken in the UK is the design, fabrication and assembly of the two new Royal Navy Aircraft Carriers by the UK Aircraft Carrier Alliance.
These 65,000 tonne warships are the largest and most complex the Royal Navy has ever seen and Babcock is responsible for the assembly and around 50% of the detailed design. The project involves an Alliance workforce of around 10,000 collaboratively operating across the UK, with around 2,500 based in Rosyth.
Our teams in Appledore have also supported the shipbuilding stages of the QEC programme with the manufacturer of sponsons, centre blocks and the construction and outfit of the two steel bows.
Our primary shipbuilding facility is at Appledore on the river Torridge in Devon. This modern production yard was designed as an integrated ship construction facility in the 1970s and has competed successfully in the challenging commercial shipbuilding sector since then.
With a reputation for innovation and the construction of complex hull structures, the facility has built over 120 vessels including survey vessels HMS Echo and HMS Enterprise and the oceanographic vessel HMS Scott for the UK Ministry of Defence. The second of three Offshore Patrol Vessels for Ireland's Department of Defence has now been delivered to the Irish Naval Service with construction of the third vessel well underway.