The Royal Navy have announced that aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales is due to enter Portsmouth this weekend.
The vessel will pass Round Tower at 2pm on Saturday.
The Royal Navy Facebook page has invited the public to come along and witness the event:
“The second Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier started her journey back in May 2011 when the steel was first cut. Now she has completed the first stage of sea trials and is entering her new home for the first time! Come along and witness this historic moment for the city of Portsmouth and The Royal Navy.”
There is a no fly zone in place around the harbour area for drones and other aircraft fur the afternoon of Saturday the 16th of November.
The vessel recently completed her first stage of sea trials. According to the ACA, during the first fortnight of trials, the trials team accomplished:
- The first helicopter landing (a Merlin Mk2 of 820 Naval Air Squadron);
- The first test of engines at full power (reaching a top speed of over 25kts);
- The first test of long-range radar (courtesy of two RAF Typhoons from Lossiemouth);
- The first port visit to take on supplies (fuel/stores) in Invergordon
- Completion of a further 200 compartments on-board, these have been accepted at sea by the MOD Delivery Acceptance Team. There are now just 450 compartments of the 3013 on-board to put the finishing touches to before their final acceptance inspection.
- Completion of the Forward Aircraft Lift dynamic load trial moving a 105 tonne test load through its full operating cycle.
- The first test of the ship’s rugby union side (against Ross Sutherland RFC, who play in the sixth tier of Scottish rugby) – a 20-20 draw with man-of-the-match AB Jack Rutherford bagging three tries.
- The first launch of a weather balloon by the meteorological team; it reached 70,000ft – more than 13 miles up… and 20,000ft higher than the ceiling of the ship’s F-35 Lightning jets;
- and the first test of the ship’s small-calibre guns.
The vessel will under her formal commissioning before the end of the year.