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Step On Board: An In-Depth Look At HMS Prince Of Wales

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Work continues on HMS Prince of Wales, the second Queen Elizabeth-class carrier, who was officially named in September 2016.

Along with her sister ship HMS Queen Elizabeth, this is the largest engineering project ever undertaken by the UK's military, costing more than £6 billion.

Queen Elizabeth was the first aircraft carrier to be built in the programme and set sail from Rosyth last summer.

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HMS Prince of Wales is set to follow in 2019 and those working on the 280-metre carrier say lessons have been learnt in the construction of the first ship, which will make the second "more efficient".

The pair are Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers and are being built by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA), a partnership of BAE Systems, Babcock, Thales and the Ministry of Defence.

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Overall, six shipyards around the UK - Appledore, Birkenhead, Govan, Portsmouth, Rosyth and Tyne - have been involved in building various parts of the carriers.

Those behind the project, which costs an estimated £6.2 billion overall, say the QE Class will be the centrepiece of Britain's naval capability, with an aircraft carrier permanently available to be deployed anywhere in the world in military or humanitarian action.

The first seagoing captain of the Royal Navy's second brand new aircraft carrier will be Stephen Moorhouse.

Captain Moorhouse is an experienced naval officer, having worked as Commanding Officer on HMS Ocean and HMS Lancaster.

Captain Ian Groom, who is currently serving as the Senior Naval Officer on board HMS Prince of Wales, will be handing over to Moorhouse next year.

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HMS Prince Of Wales - The Key Stats:

Cost Of Build: £3 billion

Length: 920 ft

Weight: 65,000 tonnes 

Range: 10,000 nautical miles

Crew: 679

Transport Capability: Able to carry 36 F35B Lightning II Jets, up to 12 Chinook or Merlin helicopters and 8 Apache attack helicopters.

Planned Date For Service: 2020

Weapons Systems: Phalanx Close-In Weapons System for anti-aircraft and anti-missile defence, 30mm Automated Small Calibre Guns and Miniguns.

Forces 360 will look at just what it takes to make Britain's biggest warships at 18:00(BST) exclusively to Forces TV, which can be found on Freeview channel 96, Sky 264, Freesat 165 and Virgin 277.

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