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HMS Prince Of Wales: British Aircraft Carrier To Set Sail This Month

HMS Prince of Wales, which is 280 metres long and weighs 65,000 tonnes is expected to commission into the Royal Navy in 2020.

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HMS Prince of Wales is currently sitting in Rosyth dockyard (Picture: MOD).

Britain's newest aircraft carrier is on track to sail out of Rosyth dockyard later this month, the head of the Royal Navy has said.

HMS Prince of Wales, the sister ship of HMS Queen Elizabeth, will enter the Firth of Forth for her maiden voyage in the coming weeks so it can be tested in areas including speed and propulsion.

It will see both of the UK's biggest and most powerful warships at sea simultaneously for the first time.

Prince of Wales turned on its engines for the first time last November, with Captain Stephen Moorhouse taking charge of the ship in September.

First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin said: "We are on track for HMS Prince of Wales to sail from Rosyth later this month to start her sea trials.

"Similarly, we are on track for her arrival into Portsmouth in December."

At 280 metres long, weighing 65,000 tonnes, with a predicted lifespan of half a century and a flight deck of four acres, the £3.1 billion ship is expected to commission into the Royal Navy in 2020.

Watch: What it is like on board HMS Prince of Wales.

Meanwhile, HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently off the east coast of America preparing to undergo further flight trials.

British F-35B stealth fighter jets are set to land on the aircraft carrier's deck for the first time in the coming weeks. 

During their 50-year service, the two Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers will be used for work ranging from high-intensity fighting to humanitarian aid and disaster relief.