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HMS Prince Of Wales Arrives Back In Portsmouth After Sea Trials

The Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier is currently working towards becoming fully operational and will go through further sea trials.

HMS Prince of Wales has sailed back into Portsmouth following sea trials with the RAF and Commando Helicopter Force.

The Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier is working towards becoming fully operational and preparing her ship's company.

For many the time at sea has been essential, giving new sailors crucial maritime aviation experience as well as allowing more experienced personnel to brush up on existing skills.

Last month, Prince of Wales returned to sea after undergoing more than £3 million of repairs.

Chinooks from 7 Squadron have been helping to train the carrier's air department alongside commando-carrying Merlins of 846 Naval Air Squadron from RNAS Yeovilton.

Lyme Bay, where the bulk of the training has taken place, has become an anchorage for a sizeable chunk of the cruise industry during lockdown – with at least five major liners there now, including the Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria.

The aircraft carrier's seaman specialists have been making use of the two Cunarders, practising various seaboat operations and manoeuvres in their Pacific 24 boats.

HMS Prince of Wales will now reload supplies before heading back out for further sea trials and training.