Aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales is expected to leave Portsmouth for the first time tomorrow morning.
The vessel will depart around 8.20am. This departure is notable as it will be the first undertaken by the vessel as a commissioned Royal Navy vessel.
Fore more information on departure times and even the names of the tugs that will assist, see the Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth listings.
Next week, the vessel is expected to arrive in Liverpool. People will be able to step on board over the weekend of the 29th of February, the first time one of the new aircraft carriers has been open to the public.
Captain Darren Houston, the Commanding Officer of HMS Prince of Wales, said:
“My ship’s company and I are hugely excited about our first visit to Liverpool. This is an opportunity for us to cement our bond with the city as one of the newest warships in the Royal Navy’s fleet. We’re looking forward to hosting people from the local community on board during our time alongside, and I know we will receive the warmest of welcomes.”
Deputy Mayor and Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for culture, tourism and events, Councillor Wendy Simon, said:
“It’s a huge coup for Liverpool to welcome its affiliated ship HMS Prince of Wales on its inaugural, history-making visit. The sheer scale of the ship will be a real spectacle on the River Mersey and is set to attract national and international attention, drawing massive crowds. Maritime events always prove to be hugely popular in Liverpool, and this will be no exception. Once again our world heritage waterfront will provide the incredible backdrop for a striking vessel, and we look forward to welcoming her at the end of the month.”