Naval Warfare

Royal Navy commissions HMS Prince of Wales

11th December 2019 - 16:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Royal Navy commissioned HMS Prince of Wales into the fleet on 10 December at HM Naval Base Portsmouth.

HMS Prince of Wales is marginally larger and heavier than sister ship, HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The carrier departed Rosyth in September and carried out first sea trials before making its first entry to Portsmouth harbour in mid-November.

HMS Queen Elizabeth has recently returned from its second deployment to the east coast of North America conducting aviation trials with UK F-35 jets and developing its combat capabilities.

Both carriers are currently alongside in Portsmouth for routine maintenance before resuming their programmes to reach operational capability.

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