HMS Prince of Wales has turned her propeller shafts for the first time this week.
The Aircraft Carrier Alliance are confident she will be ready for sea trials by November 2019.
The basin for a bit bubbly this week as we turned our shafts for the first time. 40 Rpm was enough to put 6 knots of thrust through the propellers although as one was astern and one forward we didn’t go anywhere…yet pic.twitter.com/LxoneluwWs
— HMS Prince of Wales (@HMSPWLS) August 20, 2019
Recently, the Government again confirmed that aircraft carrier will enter Royal Navy service.
In 2010, the British government announced that Prince of Wales would be either sold or mothballed due to budget cuts. However, in 2014 during the NATO Summit in Wales, then Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the aircraft carrier would be brought into active service.
This commitment was later reaffirmed in the government’s Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 in November 2015 and is often repeated when rumours appear that the vessel may be sold.
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.