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HMS Prince of Wales navigated around the coast of the Isle of Wight and up to the Solent to Portsmouth Naval Dockyard for the very first time this afternoon (Saturday).

The 66,000 tonne aircraft carrier made her way towards port from the Nab Tower at around 12:40 and entered through the harbour entrance at Portsmouth at around 14:00. The grand arrival was marked with a fly past by Merlin and Wildcat helicopters, as well as Hawk jets.

The brand new carrier is set to serve Queen and country for the next 50 years and therefore will be a regular visitor to the Solent for a whole generation. It is the sister ship to HMS Queen Elizabeth, which entered port for the first time back in August 2017.

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Today’s historic moment saw thousands of people gathered in and around Portsmouth and Southsea, with a small crowd also gathered at Ryde.

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Az-zahra Aziz

Now lets hope it gets plenty of use, as now Oil is soon to become obsolete then, unsure what the new targets will be. Perhaps Europe if they keep dumping their third world unwanted citizens or invaders onto our shores. Nice to see Britain spend on our defence rather than giving it to the bottomless pit foreign aid welfare.

Perhaps we will need it again in the Falklands when the oil is quickly recovered before it is obsolete.

Good luck to all who sail on Her.

Darren Street

Do they have the HMS Prince Andrew ? If not I am sure it would be a superb bit of stealth technology, avoiding capture !!


That one is used for sea cadet “training”……


You could have announced it was coming for people to go and see it. Instead of oh by the way it came in.


Ok im sorry i didn’t see that it was in latest news only the arrival in breaking news. Thats .what confused me.

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