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HMS Prince Of Wales May Be Ready For Sea Trials In 12 Months

The second of the Royal Navy's Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers is currently under construction at Rosyth in Scotland.

HMS Prince of Wales

HMS Prince of Wales is in the final stages of construction (Picture: PA).

This time next year it is hoped HMS Prince of Wales will be leaving Rosyth dockyard in Scotland ready for sea trials.

Work began on the second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier in May 2011 and is now in the final stages of construction.

Six shipyards from across the UK have been involved in building the 65,000-tonne warship.

 

Sir Simon Lister of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance said the ship is "physically complete".

"We're now at that stage of fitting out all the equipment inside the ship. Wiring it up, plumbing it up, and setting all that equipment to work". 

Control towers on the flight deck of HMS Prince of Wales
Major construction work on HMS Prince of Wales is now complete.

The Royal Navy says the new generation of warships will have a huge impact by providing uninterrupted aircraft carrier strike capability for the British military.

They have been specifically designed to carry F-35B Lightning stealth fighters.

Here's a brief timeline of the work to take place on the ship until it's acceptance into the Royal Navy in December 2019:

  • November: Diesel generator ready for its first run.
  • December: Gas turbine ready for its first start.
  • April 2019: Power and propulsion trials to commence.
  • August 2019: Ship staff move on board.
  • September 2019: Ready for sea trials.

All eyes are on next autumn when it is hoped that HMS Prince of Wales will follow her sister ship HMS Queen Elizabeth out of Rosyth dockyard and into initial sea trials.