Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Ark Royal returns to fleet

RN carrier HMS Ark Royal has returned to the fleet following a £12 million refit and update. Improvements during the seven month refit include updated IT systems, new exhausts and improved sewage treatment system. The hull has been painted with a new kind of paint called intersleek which apparently reduced fuel consumption. Considering the price of oil these days that update should pay for itself within months. Ark Royal will undergo sea trials and then resume it's role as the RN flagship.

Meanwhile work on it's replacement continues apace. The first sections of HMS Queen Elizabeth have arrived at Rosyth for assembly and £52 million in contracts have been signed for various equipment.

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