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Our second massive aircraft carrier, the HMS Prince of Wales, was launched on Sept.19th and passed under the Forth bridges into the North Sea on Sept.22nd.

She is the seventh Royal Navy ship to have the name HMS Prince of Wales. Construction began in 2011 at Rosyth Dockyard, finishing her fitting-out in Sept. 2019.

  • AIS Vessel Type: Combat.      
  • Gross Tonnage: 65000          
  • Length Overall x Breadth Extreme: 282.9m × 69m   
  • Years Built:  2011 -- 2019

The 65,000-tonne warship was moored outside Rosyth dockyard for 4 days, because it is very difficult to maneuver this 230m ship into the Forth and under the bridges without hitting any obstacles. She can only be moved under the bridges at low tide, with her radar mast dipped to avoid hitting the underside of the bridges.

Her flight deck is 70 metres wide and 280 metres long – enough space for three football pitches – and she holds 45 days’ worth of food in stores.

She will have a crew-complement of around 700, increasing to around 1,600 with aircraft onboard. HMS Prince of Wales’ size and scope is awe-inspiring – she can embark 36 F-35B and four Merlin Helicopters. We may have already seen her from Dunbar, during her sea trials. She can be visible even at 20 miles offshore.

photos courtesy twitter feed: @HMSPWLS

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