HMS Prince of Wales team train at HMS Raleigh
Navy

Crew Prepares To Take Britain's Next Aircraft Carrier To Sea

Personnel from HMS Prince of Wales have been training at HMS Raleigh learning how to transfer fuel and other stores between ships at sea.

HMS Prince of Wales team train at HMS Raleigh

HMS Prince of Wales is the second of the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers and is due to be ready for sea trials by the end of the year ​​​​(Picture: Royal Navy).

Personnel from HMS Prince of Wales have been training at HMS Raleigh ahead of taking the aircraft carrier to sea later this year.

The vessel's 28-strong replenishment-at-sea team (known as RAS or RASing) is made up of Seaman Specialists and members of the ship's company and spent two days at HMS Raleigh's RAS trainer.

The multi-million-pound facility is a mock-up of a warship and a Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) vessel used to teach personnel how to transfer fuel and other stores between ships at sea.

The transfer process takes place using a system of wires, which the Navy says is one of the most dangerous tasks to take place at sea.

HMS Prince of Wales team train at HMS Raleigh
Work began on the second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier in May 2011 (Picture: Royal Navy).

Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Jamie McNeil, HMS Prince of Wales’s Bosun: "We’ve been together as a team for about four weeks as the ship has been crewing up generally. 

"Some of the team are just out of their specialist training while others have spent some time on our sister ship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, to gain some experience," CPO McNeil continued.

"We’ve been practising probe refuelling and a little bit of stores RASing.

"The programme of getting onboard and taking ownership of the maintenance, breaking down the stores and getting them onboard and conducting the training on the relevant bits of kit, is all hotting up and speeding up, which is why we have come to do this at HMS Raleigh."

 

HMS Prince of Wales is the second of the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers and is due to be ready for sea trials by the end of the year.

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

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