Britain's biggest ever warship built with Scunthorpe steel

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 29 Jun 2017

Scunthorpe steelworkers can take great pride in the test launch of Britain’s biggest-ever warship HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The voyage of the ship from the dock at Rosyth to the North Sea comes nine years after the Scunthorpe works won the contract from the Ministry of Defence to produce the steel to build the hull.

Corus, the then Scunthorpe site owners, beat off world-wide co competition to win the reported £65 million contract.

The bulk of the 80,000 tonnes of steel plate was produced and rolled in the town.

The Scunthorpe steel was also used to build the hull of Queen Elizabeth’s twin air craft carrier HMS Prince of Wales.

The two carriers will be the back-bone of Allied air power for the next 50 years and will help to sell British industry abroad.

Today’s launch of the 932-feet long warship along the River Forth was assisted by 11 tug boats and two pilots on shore.

The Queen Elizabeth employs a 733-strong crew and will carry 24 of the world’s most advanced stealth fighter jets, the Lockheed F-35B Lightning 11.

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