Aggressor aircraft have launched a simulated air attack against HMS Prince of Wales, the purpose of this training is for the vessel to practice defending against air attack.
Aircraft, some operated by Draken International, have been simulating air attacks against the carrier.
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HMS Prince of Wales under attack from a Draken Falcon 20 EW this morning, likely related to an air defence exercise. pic.twitter.com/W1WORFzVAE
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Typically, Hawk jets support Dassault Falcon 20 aircraft acting as long-range anti-ship bombers.
The Falcons are flown by Draken International.
The carrier also recently tested her three Phalanx guns as part of efforts to make the vessel operational.
After the much-publicised first encounter at sea with her big sister HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group and a brief stopover in portsmouth, sea trials have now resumed. The Royal Navy say that the carrier is undergoing an intensive period of trials and training, establishing her lethality and ability to sustain operations.