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HMS Prince Of Wales Returns To Portsmouth After Sea Trials

The Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier cost £3.1 billion.

HMS Prince of Wales arrives in Portsmouth after visiting Liverpool 250320 CREDIT PA.jpg

The Royal Navy's newest aircraft carrier has sailed back into her home port of Portsmouth.

HMS Prince of Wales returned to Portsmouth Naval Base after a month away that included a visit to her affiliated city of Liverpool and sea trials in the Irish Sea.

More than 20,000 members of the public had the chance to go on board the 65,000-tonne warship during her eight-day stay in the city.

It was the first time either Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier had opened its doors to visitors.

Commanding Officer, Captain Darren Houston, said he was "deeply humbled" by the "incredible welcome" his ship received when sailing into the city.

After leaving Liverpool, the £3.1 billion warship took part in sea trials.

Training exercises included a crash on deck scenario and an at-sea fuel replenishment. 

HMS Prince of Wales was launched in 2017 and commissioned into the Royal Navy in December.

Alongside sister-ship HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMS Prince of Wales is the largest and most powerful ship ever built for the Royal Navy. 

Her flight deck is 70 metres wide and 280 metres long – enough space for three football pitches.

Cover image: HMS Prince of Wales arrives back in Portsmouth (Picture: PA).