LONDON, April 12 (UPI) -- Defense authorities say the British navy's Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier construction program has advanced following the completion of bow sections.
Quentin Davies, British Defense Equipment and Support minister, announced the British navy's next-generation aircraft carrier program has made significant progress on the new HMS Queen Elizabeth with the successful completion of the vessel's bow sections at shipbuilder Babcock's shipyard in Devon, England.
Davies says the HMS Queen Elizabeth bow section has been sent to Rosyth in Scotland for assembly. The HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to enter service in 2016.
"The carriers will be a cornerstone of future defense policy and a key asset for our armed forces as a whole, providing four acres of sovereign territory which can be deployed to support operations anywhere in the world," Davies said in a statement.