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Delivering the nation's flagship carriers - HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales


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HMS Queen Elizabeth The Carrier presentation will describe the progress made in designing, constructing and assembling the ship and starting to commission systems.

Date and Time

22 October 2014 - 18:00-21:00


Glasgow, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Contact IET Scotland for more information.

About this event

HMS Queen Elizabeth the first of the Royal Navy’s two 65,000 tonne aircraft carriers has recently been floated out of the dry dock in which she has been assembled at Rosyth, following construction in large structural blocks at six shipyards throughout the UK.  There will now follow around 18 months alongside in the non-tidal basin at Rosyth during which the ship’s systems will be commissioned prior to sea trials in 2016.  The challenge now facing the Aircraft Carrier Alliance partners is to set the systems to work and bring the ship to life.

This presentation will describe the progress made in designing, constructing and assembling the ship and starting to commission systems.


David Downs, ACA Engineering Director

David Downs was born in Lewisham in South East London in 1957; he was educated at the Roan School for Boys in Greenwhich.  On leaving school he took up a student apprenticeship with Vickers Ltd Shipbuilding Group in Barrow in Furness and attended University College London, studying Naval Architecture.  He graduated in 1982 with a Masters Degree in Naval Architecture.

David spent the early part of his career in the Naval Architects Department at VSEL in Barrow in Furness where he worked on elements of structural design of the Upholder and Trident submarines.  He was seconded to the MoD at Foxhill Bath where he worked on Computer Aided Design and Finite Element Analysis particularly related to the Trident Submarine Design.

He was appointed Head of Hydrodynamics at VSEL in 1990, in which role he led work on the hydrodynamic design of the proposed SSN20 submarine and proposals for Replacement LPD and LPH.

In 1992 VSEL set up a Surface Ships Project Group with the intention of securing surface ship business in Barrow.  David was appointed as Surface Ships Design Manager and played a key part in the successful bids for HMS Ocean LPH and the two LPD(R) HMS Albion and Bulwark.

In 1999 David joined the Type 45 Destroyer Project, initially in Bristol as Assistant Chief Engineer and then as Chief Engineer from 2003.  He was instrumental in the design and integration of the Type 45 Destroyers including overseeing the successful launch of the first three ships and initial sea trials for HMS Daring.

In 2008 David joined the Aircraft Carrier Alliance as Engineering Director in which role he leads the ACA Engineering teams across all four Alliance Partners in the delivery of the two Carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.

David is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects and has published technical papers through RINA and other bodies.

Stuart Justice MSc CEng MIET, ACA Deputy Chief Engineer - QEC Programme

Stuart was born in Bearsden, Glasgow in 1976.  He is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde which was followed by a post graduate Master of Science in Systems Engineering, from UCL, University of London. Stuart is member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and is registered with the UK Engineering Council as a Chartered Engineer.

Stuart began his career in Glasgow in 1998 as a Systems Engineer working on the Brunei OPV Project for Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. Following various roles on the Brunei OPV Project, Stuart then joined the Type 45 Destroyer Project.

Stuart was initially the Type 45 Combat System Design Manager and latterly the Type 45 Combat System Integration Manager and in this role he successfully helped deliver the first three Type 45 Destroyers which included the conduct of the First of Class (FOC) Sea Trials for HMS Daring.

Following his time on the Type 45 Destroyer Project, Stuart was appointed as the Combat System Design Authority (CSDA) for the Trinidad and Tobago OPVs.

Stuart joined the Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA) in January 2012 in the role of the ACA Deputy Chief Engineer. Within this role Stuart heads up the Professional Engineering and Central Engineering Teams as well as deputising for the ACA Engineering Director.


18:30 - networking and refreshments
19:00 - presentations start
21:00 - presentations end


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