[MUSIC PLAYING] NARRATOR: HMS Queen Elizabeth– most of the ship’s company
remain below deck, living a subterranean existence– an enclosed,
underground community. Wes, what have you
got there, shipmate? All right, sir.
How are you? CHRIS TREVETHAN: Very well. What have you got there? – Cheesecake.
– Cheesecake? Yeah. Is that high-fiber,
low-cholesterol, slimline cheesecake? – Yeah, slimline.
– Good man. Well done.
– All right. Cheers, Wes. All right. CHRIS TREVETHAN:
Sometimes, you go four days without seeing daylight. Take 1,200 people,
put them in a tin box, surround them with
high explosives, ammunition, flammable
fuel, running machinery, and then stick it in the
middle of the Atlantic, start doing some dangerous
stuff like rotary-wing flying and fixed-wing flying. You have to be a
special kind of person to not get flustered by that. [BEEPING] MAN (ON SPEAKER): Flood.
Flood. Flood. Flood in [INAUDIBLE] machinery– NARRATOR: With over 225
miles of piping on board– much of it high-pressure– flooding is a constant danger. Support, [INAUDIBLE]. NARRATOR: Floods are bad enough,
but even worse are fuel leaks. [BEEPING] MAN (ON SPEAKER): [INAUDIBLE] NARRATOR: And now,
1,000 miles out to sea, a leak of explosive fuel could
be the first deadly threat to this maiden voyage. [BEEPING] Training kicks in immediately,
and damage control teams are on the scene within seconds. MAN (ON SPEAKER): Any
fuel spill [INAUDIBLE].. There’s just been a fuel
spill through the other side, so obviously, any fuel
anywhere is a fire danger. Right, follow me. Watch your step
[INAUDIBLE],, all right? NARRATOR: An aviation
fuel pipe has burst. One spark here
would be disastrous. Even just the vapors
pose a danger. Start cleanup down there. [INAUDIBLE] start feeling
dizzy, get them out. We’ll rotate them through, yeah. But no more than 15 minutes
at a time in there, yeah? If any of you start
feeling dizzy or nauseous, out that way. All right? So they’ve managed to
stop the flood of fuel. But emergency fire
is still on scene, so if it does
flash up again– so for any god-forbid
reason, this set on fire, we’d have the
teams deal with it. So yeah, that’s– FILMMAKER: Overwhelming
smell of fuel. It stinks, yeah. It’s horrendous. NARRATOR: Much of the
ship is highly automated, but there are some things that
still have to be done by hand– or foot. CHRIS TREVETHAN:
She’s a big girl– 65,000 tons– and
there are 1,200-plus people on here today. When you actually look
at the size of the ship and the amount of people,
it’s still a big piece of real estate for
not that many people to actually get around
everyday and clean and do firefighting
and first-aid party and do their normal jobs. US aircraft carrier
of an equivalent size has a ship’s company
of about 5,000. We’ve got 1,200.