The Queen was guest of honour at the recent commissioning of the UK’s new aircraft carrier – HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth.
The HMS Queen Elizabeth is the biggest engineering project ever undertaken by the UK military 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 suite of lights was designed and manufactured at the Oxley facility in Ulverston Cumbria. The LED lights utilise the latest technology; they are rugged and sealed to IP67, they incorporate 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 more than 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. The vessel boasts 33-tonne propellers twice the size of a double decker bus and a four-acre deck.