Aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales has left the Rosyth dockyard for the first time.
The UK Defence Journal has been told by the Ministry of Defence that HMS Prince of Wales will sit at anchor in the River Forth for around 2-7 days following departure from the dockyard to complete Initial Sea Safety Training.
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Recently, the carrier reached an important milestone, conducting the first aviation serial from the carriers ops room.
According to a tweet on the HMS Prince of Wales twitter account, with the help of a DA-20 Falcon, the vessels crew tested their radars and important Air Traffic Control equipment which will be essential for conducting aviation at sea.
People I spoke to on-board the vessel on my last visit told me that building the ship 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.