HMS Prince of Wales will serve as the command ship for NATO’s Response Force.
This role will see the vessel sailing to the Arctic, the Baltic and the Mediterranean Seas.
The Royal Navy assumed command of NATO’s Response Force from the French Marine Nationale on January 1st, 2022.
.@HMSPWLS now wearing her NATO badge.
She will formally become the NATO flagship at a ceremony to be held on Tuesday.
— Navy Lookout (@NavyLookout) January 8, 2022
The NATO Response Force is a high readiness force comprising land, air, sea and special forces units capable of being deployed quickly on operations wherever needed.
Back in October, The Royal Navy said that a fortnight-long international exercise off the Scottish coast “put the stamp on two years of intensive training for the Portsmouth-based warship, 700-plus crew, the Royal Navy and RAF squadrons who will operate aircraft from her flight deck – including the fifth-generation F-35 Lightning stealth fighter – and thousands of military personnel and civilians who support and maintain the endeavour”.
“We have excitingly jumped the final hurdle and are now a fully-fledged strike carrier, ready at 30 days’ notice for operations around the globe,” said HMS Prince of Wales’ Commanding Officer Captain Steve Higham.