View post tag: HMS August 23, 2011 View post tag: UK Making its way gingerly up the Forth, this is the largest section of HMS Queen Elizabeth yet completed.Looming in the distance, the imposing blue outline of the Goliath crane which will help to piece the 65,000-tonne carrier together in the specially-altered dry dock at the Babcock’s Rosyth yard.This 8,000-tonne segment – Lower Block 03 to give it its official title – of the ship was towed 600 miles around the Scottish coast from one great artery, the Clyde, to another, the Forth, during a five-day operation. It safely arrived early on Saturday evening.It took shipwrights at BAE Systems’ Govan yard two years to complete the section, which is more than 20 metres (65ft) high, 60 metres (196ft) long and 40 metres (131ft) wide. In addition to machinery spaces, it contains cabins for more than 150 members of the ship’s company and part of the vast hangar.Lower Block 03 is the latest section of the 65,000-tonne warship to be built in six shipyards around the UK and transported to the Forth.One of the largest cranes in the UK – its span is 120m (393ft) and it’s 68m (223ft) to the underside of the main beam – Goliath has been assembled in Rosyth to move sections of Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales weighing up to 1,000 tonnes each. It’s due to be ready to start work next month.While the ship section made its 600-mile journey around Scotland, a team of 50 cyclists were following its progress – determined to ‘beat the block’ to the Forth.The cyclists, drawn from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Cycling Association plus workers from BAE and Babcock, had around 430 miles to cover in five days – fewer than the tug, but the latter didn’t have to contend with the rugged Scottish terrain.Stopping at Fort William, Elgin, Peterhead, and St Andrews, the riders intended to raise more than £10,000 for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity in the process.The cyclists did indeed ‘beat the block’, arriving in Rosyth about six hours before the section, having received considerable encouragement – and cash – from locals on their epic ride, such that they’d surpassed their target by £250 by the time they reached their destination.[mappress]Source: royalnavy, August 23, 2011; View post tag: Rosyth View post tag: largest View post tag: News by topic UK: Largest Section of HMS Queen Elizabeth Arrives in Rosyth View post tag: Section View post tag: Queen View post tag: Navy View post tag: Elizabeth Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Largest Section of HMS Queen Elizabeth Arrives in Rosyth View post tag: Arrives View post tag: Naval Industry news Share this article
Black Stars head coach Avram Grant has revealed that dropping six players from the initial 31-man provisional squad was tough.Grant named a 26-man provisional squad for Ghana’s pre –tournament camping in Spain ahead of the 2015 AFCON.Malmo FF’s midfielder Enoch Adu Kofi, Middleborough’s Albert Adomah who is reported to be carrying an injury,goalkeeper Stephen Adams, Mahatma Otoo, Alfred Duncan and Ebenezer Assifuah were axed by the Israeli trainer.But injured striker Abdul Majeed Waris who has been ruled out for two weeks after sustaining injury whiles playing for Trabzonspor,according to FA sources will be monitored by the medical team to see if he can recover before the start of the tournament.”It wasn’t easy because we had too many injuries, some players haven’t played for almost two months but I think we have done a good job.If we need to train then we need to train well as you know some of the players have not had the opportunity to play for a very long time so we will work on that. “We were looking for a place that we can train in a good weather but not too cold so Seville is good because it is not too cold or warm. We need a good weather to train so I think it is the best option.”He added.The Black Stars will be based in Spain for ten days before travelling to Equatorial Guinea on January 14, three days before the tournament begins. Ghana is in Group C with Senegal, South Africa and Algeria.