HMS Prince of Wales, the country’s newest aircraft carrier, is expected to make her maiden visit to Portsmouth Naval Base tomorrow (Saturday).
Following the early completion of sea trials, the Royal Navy carrier took up position off the coast of the Isle of Wight yesterday. It has now been confirmed that she will head into Portsmouth on Saturday afternoon.
The arrival of HMS Prince of Wales into Pompey comes more than 2 years after sister ship HMS Queen Elizabeth first visited the town.
The Prince of Wales is expected to start heading into port from the Nab Tower at 12:50, making her way up the Solent at around 13:40 and passing the Round Tower at the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour at 14:00.
Portsmouth Harbour’s main channel will be closed to all inbound and outbound vessels between 12:20 and 14:50, with the small boat channel closed between 13:40 and 14:25. This may have a knock-on effect to cross-Solent travel.
A no-fly zone will be in force for the East Wight – from Ryde down to Ventnor – between 11:10 and 12:40 tomorrow. A second exclusion zone will come into force between 12:40 and 14:40 covering the Eastern Solent, which includes the northern shores of Ryde and Seaview.