The aircraft carrier is steadily developing skills handling and operating multiple aircraft at once as part of trials following a period alongside.
The ship is off the south west coast to conduct a period of Basic Operational Sea Training to test ship and crew capabilities.
— HMS Prince of Wales (@HMSPWLS) May 12, 2021
According to a Royal Navy release:
“HMS Prince of Wales has returned to sea for a spell of testing and trialling, following several months of maintenance and installing key equipment. HMS Prince of Wales is most capable and powerful surface warship ever built for the Royal Navy and will be a future flagship for the next 50 years.
The intense operational training enables – Availability, Sustainability and Lethality of HMS Prince of Wales. The Ship’s Company are crucial to the successful operation of the ship and training and trials are essential in ensuring that HMS Prince of Wales is the cornerstone of a Modern, Ready and Global Navy for a Global Britain.”