4th July 2014
The Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier is being officially named by the Queen today, Friday 4th July.
The HMS Queen Elizabeth is Britain's biggest engineering project and Oxley is very proud to have supplied a full suite of LED navigation and signal lights for both this carrier and the second planned vessel for the Royal Navy.
The lights were designed, developed and manufactured at the Oxley manufacturing facility in Cumbria. The LED lights utilise the latest technology; they are rugged, sealed to IP67 and they don't require replacement bulbs. The lights also have a built in health check system to enable the bridge team on the vessel to identify if a light is non-operational.
The suite is composed of a full set of wheel marked navigation lights, meeting COLREGs and suitable for any vessels over 50 metres in length. All variants are NVG friendly and therefore suitable for use with aircraft flying on night vision goggles.
Ten thousand workers at six different shipyards have been involved in the carrier's construction and she is due to be handed over to the navy in 2017. The vessel boasts 33-ton propellers twice the size of a double decker bus and a four acre deck.
Please click here to take a tour of the HMS Queen Elizabeth and see some of the key features on-board.