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R 09 HMS Prince of Wales
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Type, class: Aircraft Carrier; Queen Elizabeth class
Builder: various (block building, see info below)
Awarded: May 20, 2008
Laid down: May 26, 2011
Launched: December 21, 2017
Commissioned: May 2020 (planned)
Homeport: HMNB Portsmouth, Hampshire (planned)
Namesake: Prince of Wales
Ships Motto: ICH DIEN (I serve)
Technical Data: see: INFO > Queen Elizabeth class Aircraft Carrier

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christening ceremony at Rosyth Dockyard - September 8, 2017

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HMS Prince of Wales (R 09):

HMS Prince of Wales is the second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier under construction for the Royal Navy, which will be commissioned in 2020. She is the seventh Royal Navy ship to have the name HMS Prince of Wales. Construction of the ship began in 2011 at Rosyth Dockyard and as of May 2018 is in the water being fitted out. She will be handed over to the Royal Navy in 2019, and be fully ready for front-line duties around the globe from 2023.

Unlike most large aircraft carriers, Prince of Wales is not fitted with catapults and arrestor wires, and is instead designed to operate V/STOL aircraft; the ship is currently planned to carry up to 40 F-35B Lightning II stealth multirole fighters and Merlin helicopters for airborne early warning and anti-submarine warfare, although in surge conditions the class is capable of supporting 70+ F-35B. The design emphasises flexibility, with accommodation for 250 Royal Marines and the ability to support them with attack helicopters and troop transports up to and larger than Chinook size.

In 2010, the British government announced that Prince of Wales would be either sold or mothballed due to budget cuts. In 2014, during the 2014 NATO Summit in Wales, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the aircraft carrier would be brought into active service. This commitment was later reaffirmed in the government's Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 in November 2015.

Prince of Wales was formally named on 8 September 2017 at Rosyth dockyard by HRH Camilla The Duchess of Rothesay, the wife of the current Prince of Wales. Her first seagoing commanding officer will be Captain Stephen Moorhouse.

Entry into service:
In May 2010, the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) declared that the UK required only one aircraft carrier, but penalty clauses in the contract meant that cancelling the second aircraft carrier, Prince of Wales, would be more expensive than building it. The SDSR therefore directed that Prince of Wales would be built and then either mothballed or sold.

In 2012, contrary to the decisions made in the SDSR, the Royal Navy published its yearbook, A Global Force 2012/13, which stated that: "both carriers are likely to be commissioned and may even be capable of operating together".

During the 2014 NATO Summit in Wales, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that Prince of Wales would be brought into active service, rather than sold off or mothballed. This was later confirmed in the government's 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review.

Prince of Wales was assembled at Rosyth from 52 blocks built by six shipyards around the UK. Construction began on 26 May 2011, with the first steel being cut at Govan shipyard by Liam Fox. In April 2016, the ship was said to be around 80% structurally complete.

On 1 September 2017 HMS Prince of Wales' most senior officer, Captain Ian Groom, confirmed that the carrier was now essential to fulfilling the Royal Navy's 'full carrier strike capability.'

Prince of Wales was formally named on 8 September 2017 at Rosyth dockyard by HRH The Duchess of Rothesay. On 21 December 2017, Prince Of Wales was floated out of Rosyth drydock #1 for the first time and manoeuvred to a nearby jetty for fitting out and further systems integration.

Under current plans, Prince of Wales will start sea trials in 2019 and be commissioned in 2020.

source: wikipedia
Prince of Wales (Welsh: Tywysog Cymru)

   was a title granted to princes born in Wales from the 12th century onwards; the term replaced the use of the word king. One of the last Welsh princes, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, was killed in battle in 1282 by Edward I, king of England, whose son Edward, born in Caernarfon Castle, was invested as Prince of Wales: the first English person to claim the title.

Since the 13th century, the title is granted to the heir apparent to the English or British monarch, but the failure to be granted the title does not affect the rights to royal succession. The title is granted to the royal heir apparent as a personal honour or dignity, and the title is not heritable, merging with the Crown on accession to the throne. The title Earl of Chester is always given in conjunction with that of Prince of Wales. The Prince of Wales usually has other titles and honours.

The current Prince of Wales is Prince Charles, the eldest son of Elizabeth II, who is Queen of the United Kingdom and 15 other independent Commonwealth realms as well as Head of the 53-member Commonwealth of Nations. The wife of the Prince of Wales is entitled to the title Princess of Wales. Prince Charles' first wife, Diana, used that title but his second wife, Camilla, uses only the title Duchess of Cornwall because the other title has become so popularly associated with Diana.
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