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HMS Prince of Wales arrives in new Portsmouth home

Picture credits: Royal Navy

The Royal Navy's latest aircraft carrier sailed into Portsmouth Naval Base on Saturday, 16th November.

It is the second time in two years that the city has welcomed a new aircraft carrier, following the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth in August, 2017.

HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Queen Elizabeth are the two largest warships that have ever been built by the Royal Navy.

Hundreds of people, including Royal Navy personnel and their families lined the city's shoreline to welcome her in.

(Hundreds flocked to welcome HMS Prince of Wales into her new home. Picture credits: Royal Navy)

Captain Darren Houston, the Commanding Officer of HMS Prince of Wales, said:

“Our first entry to Portsmouth represents the successful culmination of the build and sea trials period in which my ship’s company and industry partners have worked so closely together to bring HMS Prince of Wales into service with the fleet.

“I am extremely proud of them and their families for their perseverance, patience, and extraordinary efforts.”

(HMS Prince of Wales arriving into Portsmouth yesterday. Picture credits: Royal Navy)

The ship's arrival into Portsmouth represents 16 years of work by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance - a unique relationship between the UK Ministry of Defence, BAE Systems, Babcock and Thales.

The Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers - which HMS Prince of Wales belongs to - is a programme that has involved over 10,000 people across the UK.

It has seen six shipbuilding yards across the country play a vital role in designing and constructing the warships.

Sir Simon Lister, Managing Director, Aircraft Carrier Alliance, said:

“Today is an important day for our employees and the Royal Navy. Delivering next generation naval capability of this complexity is not only a proud moment for our employees but also showcases the industrial capability within the UK.

This programme has brought together the best of British imagination, ingenuity and invention and I am extremely proud of our teams who have shown relentless drive, energy and a continued focus on ensuring we deliver the very best for the Royal Navy.”

Both HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Queen Elizabeth are regarded as a joint defence asset, to deliver air power and provide our armed forces with a four-acre military operating base.

(The warships will provide greater support to UK armed forces. Picture credits: Royal Navy)

Over £100 million has been spent on enhancing the facilities at Her Majesty's Naval Base, Portsmouth - now home to both aircraft carriers.

This includes an upgrade to the Princess Royal Jetty and a new Combined Heat and Power facility that will provide greater power for the carriers and reduce the carbon footprint of the base.

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