HMS Prince of Wales has undertaken her first port visit outside of the UK with a short stop in Gibraltar.
In a release here, the Royal Navy say that the overseas territory will host the Royal Navy aircraft carrier for a logistics stop over the next few days.
“The 65,000-tonne warship has spent the last few months on sea trials off the south coast of England after receiving a series of upgrades and enhancements throughout 2020. The ship recently rendezvoused with HMS Queen Elizabeth at sea for the first time and embarked her first F-35 Lightning jets. It puts both of the Royal Navy’s aircraft carriers at sea at the same time, making a significant contribution to NATO and promoting Global Britain.”
The Royal Navy also say that the visit comes as the Royal Navy’s forward basing programme continues.
“With HMS Trent operating from Gibraltar where she will support operations in the Mediterranean, work with our African partners including maritime security operations in the Gulf of Guinea, and the French Navy as part of the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force.”
The ship’s recent busy period has included multiple milestones for the Portsmouth-based warship as she heads towards being a fully operational aircraft carrier.
This has included the embarkation of multiple aircraft squadrons including Apache attack helicopters of the Army Air Corps’ 656 Squadron and now the Wildcat maritime attack helicopters of 825 Naval Air Squadron.