HMS Prince of Wales has sailed from Portsmouth.
The aircraft carrier will be spending a few weeks at sea.
.@HMSPWLS leaving Portsmouth this afternoon.
— Navy Lookout (@NavyLookout) August 22, 2021
As first ships go, being lucky enough to embark on the Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier is a great result.
Our Officer Cadets have now joined HMS PRINCE OF WALES for their initial sea training.
They’ve got several exciting weeks ahead planned learning about life at sea. pic.twitter.com/UVtqZiwket
— Royal Naval Reserve (@RNReserve) August 21, 2021
I reported previously that later in the year the ship will host 6 F-35Bs as part of training exercises.
The first F-35 landed on HMS Prince of Wales earlier this year. The Royal Navy said in a statement at the time:
“An F-35B Lightning aircraft has landed onboard the Royal Navy’s latest aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, for the first time. Taking place off the south coast of England, the milestone marks a significant step towards the 65,000-tonne vessel reaching full operational capability. Operating together as part of Sea Acceptance Trials, it is the first time a fixed wing aircraft has landed onboard HMS Prince of Wales. The trials test the ship’s capability to receive and launch aircraft whilst maintaining continuous air operations.”
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