Work continues on HMS Queen Elizabeth

The Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers will be the biggest and most powerful warships ever constructed for the Royal Navy. When HMS Queen Elizabeth sets out from Rosyth Dockyard it will represent the very best that the United Kingdom can deliver.

Pyeroy, a Wood Group PSN company, has been working with the Aircraft Carrier Alliance and its partners to apply the latest MoD specified paint coatings during the build programme to protect and preserve this world-class carrier throughout its commission.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth now afloat within the main basin at Rosyth Dockyard.

Our defence under attack
As soon as it leaves dry dock this enormous warship will come under attack from the same elements in which it is designed to operate.  The oceans will test it with the harshest weather and seawater environment, and operational duties will be a constant threat to the fabric of this vessel causing wear and tear leading to degradation and possible corrosion.

Pyeroy’s 25 years of marine protective coating experience has been fully employed in developing the surface preparation and application processes used to provide the highest quality finishes throughout the vessel. The external hull, decks and superstructure are all prepared to withstand the rigours of naval operations and protect the vessel in this most demanding environment, maintaining its reliability during a lifetime of service.

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Checking the defences. Paint inspection by Pyeroy Group of a major hull module.

A military alliance
Competition brings out the best in us, but there are times when we recognise the advantages of joining forces to successfully pull together. Pyeroy Group established a Ship Support Services partnership with Cape, normally one of our strongest competitors, to deliver the very best capability to the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, providing the entire scaffold, painting and cleaning services in support of this flagship project.

Pushing the envelope
To deliver the protective coating application requirements for the two aircraft carriers, Pyeroy has been co-ordinating its services across seven shipyards covering Govan, Scotstoun, Portsmouth, Appledore, Birkenhead and Jarrow as well as the integration yard at Rosyth. Our workforce has increased to nearly 1,000 operatives dedicated to the QEC project and we are involved in applying over 25 different MoD specified coating systems amounting to over 1.5 million square metres of paintwork; an area slightly larger than London’s Hyde Park.

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