VT Shipbuilding has rolled out the bow section for the latest Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer, HMS Defender, at Portsmouth Naval Base.
The 1000 tonne structure was wheeled out from VT’s main shipbuilding assembly hall and placed on the barge Woolston in a two-hour operation.
HMS Defender is the fifth in a series of six ship sets being built by VT. Unlike its work for previous ships, VT will ship the bow, uptakes/downtakes and mast for HMS Defender in a single operation, as opposed to separate shipments made on the different elements of previous ships.
All the VT parts for this ship, apart from the
VT Type 45 project director John Richardson said: ‘We are on course to complete our part of the programme ahead of schedule with the final ship set due to be in Glasgow before the end of the year.
‘The programme has underlined the capability of our
The bow section of HMS Defender, which like the previous units has been outfitted to an advanced level, has taken some 20 months to build. The ship is scheduled to be launched in Autumn 2009.