Thursday, July 3, 2008

Britain signs $8b aircraft carrier order

The British Government has signed an $8 billion contract to build two new aircraft carriers - the biggest the Royal Navy has ever had.

The Government says the two new aircraft carriers are needed to launch military strikes and peacekeeping and humanitarian operations.

The two ships will be named HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales and they will be capable of carrying up to 40 aircraft.

Each ship will be a similar size to the ocean liner, the QE2, with a flight deck the size of three football fields.

The building of the two aircraft carriers will create or secure a total of 10,000 jobs across the UK.

HMS Queen Elizabeth will come into service in 2014 and HMS Prince of Wales in 2016.


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