First Supplies Embarked on Prince of Wales

March 4, 2019 – The first stores have been loaded aboard HMS Prince of Wales as Britain’s new carrier takes another small step towards her maiden voyage. More than 62 tonnes of supplies – bandages, pots, pans, camp beds, pipe clamps, hoses, valves and firefighting equipment – have been moved on to the ship as the flat-top prepares to sail later this year. A 21-strong team from the aircraft carrier’s supply department spent two weeks working around the clock to move the stores on board – a task rather more…

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HMS Montrose Prepares for Japan Visit

February 21, 2019 – A cross of remembrance floats in the South China Sea over the last resting place of 840 British sailors as HMS Montrose paid her respects to the men of HMS Prince of Wales and Repulse. The new battleship and veteran battle-cruiser were sunk just three days after the raid on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 as they tried to stop Japanese forces overrunning Malaysia. Instead, the two ships – the kernel of task group Force Z which Churchill sent to the Far East in a bid…

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Prince of Wales’ First Flashup

November 26, 2018 – The heart of the UK’s second new aircraft carrier now gently beats after her engines were fired up for the first time. Engineers aboard HMS Prince of Wales turned on the diesel generators ­– a key milestone on the road to sending the 65,000-tonne warship to sea in the second half of next year. In the bowels of the carrier – in the later stages of fitting out at Rosyth dockyard near Edinburgh – there are four Wärtsilä diesel generators, each capable of producing more than…

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Prince of Wales Nerve Center Ready for Action

August 28, 2018 – The nerve center of Britain’s second giant new aircraft carrier is ready for ‘flashing up’ for the first time – two months earlier than planned.It is from the sprawling operations room and its many terminals that the crew of HMS Prince of Wales will watch for threats, track the movements of the carrier’s F-35B Lightning jets and Merlin helicopters and direct missions as varied as intercepting hostile aircraft, to striking targets on land or delivering humanitarian aid in a disaster zone. Working hand-in-hand with Royal Navy…

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BAE Systems to support the UK’s new aircraft carriers

The Ministry of Defence has amended its Maritime Support Delivery Framework contract with BAE Systems to include the Queen Elizabeth Class, extending the arrangement to cover all classes of ships home-ported at Portsmouth Naval Base. The amendment is worth £69m and runs until March 2019, with an option to extend it to March 2020 at an additional value of £68.5m. The agreement forms part of the new £1billion Common Support Model (CSM), which was announced by Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon on Tuesday (3 October 2017). The CSM will provide…

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HMS Prince of Wales Christened

HMS Prince of Wales, the second of the Royal Navy’s two future flagships being built by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, was Christened September 8th during a ceremony in Rosyth, Scotland. The ship’s new sponsor, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Rothesay, followed Royal Navy tradition by triggering a bottle of 10 year old whisky from the Laphroaig distillery in the Isle of Islay, smashing it against the ship’s hull. This significant milestone comes just three weeks after the first aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth made her first entry into her…

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Royal Navy appoints first seagoing Captain for HMS Prince of Wales

The first seagoing Captain of the Royal Navy’s second new aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, will be Captain Stephen Moorhouse. The announcement was made at an event at the Institute of Directors in London just two days before the warship is officially named in Rosyth. Captain Moorhouse is a former Commanding Officer of HMS Ocean and HMS Lancaster, known as the ‘Queen’s Frigate’ because Her Majesty is the ship’s sponsor. He will take over next year from Captain Ian Groom, who is serving as the Senior Naval Officer on…

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