2008 - Contract Signed for New Aircraft Carriers

3rd July. The contract for building the two new super carriers, to be called Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales was signed today on board the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal at Portsmouth. Baroness Taylor, the Minister for Defence Equipment and Support, said: “this is truly an national project involving companies from the Clyde to the Solent. Construction work will create or sustain around 10,000 U.K. jobs at the peak of construction”.