HMS Prince of Wales reached an important milestone this week, conducting the first aviation serial from the carriers ops room.
According to a tweet on the HMS Prince of Wales twitter account, with the help of a DA-20 Falcon, the vessels crew tested their radars and important Air Traffic Control equipment which will be essential for conducting aviation at sea.
We passed an important milestone this week, conducting our first aviation serial from the Ops Room. With the help of a DA-20 Falcon, we tested our radars and important Air Traffic Control equipment which will be essential for conducting aviation at sea #FlyNavy pic.twitter.com/erxeBzY6wz
— HMS Prince of Wales (@HMSPWLS) August 18, 2019
People I spoke to on-board the vessel on my last visit told me that building HMS Prince of Wales has been “20% to 25%” faster than building its sister ship HMS Queen Elizabeth. When on HMS Queen Elizabeth two years ago, we were told that the build of HMS Prince of Wales was expected to be around 8 months quicker thanks to “lessons learned” in the build process.
The Aircraft Carrier Alliance are confident HMS Prince of Wales will be ready for sea trials by November 2019.