In 2010, Cammell Laird received a £44 million contract to build two 12-meter-high sections of the middle and aft flight deck for HMS Queen Elizabeth, the new 65 000 tonnes aircraft carrier being built by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance for the Royal Navy. Due to the complexity of the carrier section, Cammell Laird turned to Kemppi for innovative solutions on managing the gigantic welding project.
In addition to FastMig welding equipment suitable for MIG/MAG and stick welding, Kemppi provided Cammell Laird with several SuperSnake sub-feeders, which are specially designed for complex fabrications with difficult or restricted access. The 25-meter-long cables allowed welders to thread their way easily through hatchways, holes, and gaps to their worksites. This eliminated the need to carry power sources and wire feed units around or arrange cranage for them when working on different decks, saving a tremendous amount of man-hours and effort.
As an ideal tool for shipyards, SuperSnake was well received by the Cammell Laird welders. With a standard welding gun on the end of SuperSnake, the welders could operate within a larger area than before without any additional weight or strain. The equipment was described as very reliable in use, allowing much faster and more economical welding work.