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Article Date: 23rd August 2017

AEI Cables’ Pride as Largest Warship Sails into Harbour

Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier - Cable Systems - Power Cable

AEI Cables - Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier

Leading North East cable supplier AEI Cables proudly watched as the biggest warship ever to be built in Britain sailed into harbour – with more than 1800 miles of cables supplied by the company powering the vessel.

The volume of cables delivered by AEI Cables for the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier programme amounted to 340 Mount Everests in height or slightly longer than the distance from London to Moscow.

The company, based at Birtley in the North East, was responsible for the design, manufacture and delivery of a state-of-the-art range of naval power, instrumentation and communications wires and cables.

The challenge involved the supply of more than three million metres of cable and wiring for the power, lighting and data communications circuits to the vessels.

At 65,000-tonnes, and at a cost of £3.1billion, the QEC is the largest ever to enter service with the Royal Navy at three times the size of the Invincible Aircraft Carriers, with a second carrier The Prince of Wales still under construction. The power generated on board each day is enough to power a large town or 300,000 kettles.

Stuart Dover, Commercial Manager for AEI Cables, said: "With vessels of this importance, the complexity of the wiring and cabling means there is no margin for error. This speaks volumes for our technical skills, our research and development expertise and design. All our team were proud to contribute and watch the QEC sail into Portsmouth."

This order specified cables to Defence Standard 02-526 (NES526) and 02-527 (NES527) in various core and screen configurations, as well as cables to Defence Standard 61-12 Part 25 and Part 27; and wires to Defence Standard 61-12 Part 18.

AEI Cables is already a supplier of defence cables and wiring products to Naval Fleets, including the supply for the Type 45 Anti-Air Warfare Destroyer programme for the Royal Navy to prime contractor BAE Systems, including control cables, weapons cables and medium voltage propulsion cables.

All AEI Cables’ products are supplied with approvals from independent bodies including BASEC and LPCB covering design, manufacture and supply.

It also holds approvals from organisations such as Lloyds, the MoD, Network Rail and LUL, and works to international standards around the world including American and Canadian approval systems.

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