This video shows amazing time-lapse footage of the HMS Prince of Wales, which is a Queen Elizabeth-Class aircraft carrier, being assembled much like Lego blocks. BAE Systems added their final piece, which is the size of a building, on the aircraft carrier.
That final piece, which is called the Aft Island, weighs in at 750 tons and controls the carrier’s aircraft operations. It was constructed as a single piece then moved to the dock where the carrier is located. The other parts of the carrier were assembled at this location.
This is the second Queen Elizabeth-Class aircraft carrier being built for the Royal Navy and is planned for active service until 2020.
This is the eighth ship in the Royal Navy to be called HMS Prince of Wales. The ship’s construction started at Rosyth Dockyard in 2011.
After its completion, this class of carrier can transport as many as 40 Lockheed Martin F-35B Lighting II multi-role jets. An airwing of 12 or 24 of the jets and a helicopter group of troop transport helicopters and anti-submarine AW101 Merlins will be on board.