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HMS PRINCE OF WALES TO ARRIVE IN PORTSMOUTH TOMORROW

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.

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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.

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Az-zahra Aziz
Az-zahra Aziz
1 year ago

Surely it has enough fire power to deal with any airborne perceived threats from some old Islander propeller powered crate, throwing a petrol bomb at worse down onto it’s decks.

Why ban aircraft?

Hamish Osborn
Hamish Osborn
Reply to  Az-zahra Aziz
1 year ago

She is not yet commissioned. Has no active weaponry aboard and is not under Royal Navy Command. Keeping unauthorised aircraft clear ensures safety of assembled crowds and those service personel aboard.

Az-zahra Aziz
Az-zahra Aziz
Reply to  Hamish Osborn
1 year ago

I see, but fortunately we don’t have too many of that sort who do such dreadful things; YET.

Steven
Steven
1 year ago

The name prince of Wales attched to a ship was deemed bad luck among sailors. The last vessel the royal navy named hms prince of Wales was a battleship and was plagued with problems and bad luck and to the point that it was rumered that uk government had enough of the bad runnings and still sore from the loss of HMS hood they sent it to Singapore and a couple of days after pearl harbour in 1941 and along with the aging HMS repulse which was a battle cruiser and on its last legs they left Singapore on a sui**de mission to intercept Japanese forces which they knew before hand they would be out numbered both ships were sunk by Japanese bombers . Hopefully none of this will be passed to the new carrier

Az-zahra Aziz
Az-zahra Aziz
Reply to  Steven
1 year ago

Cripes, I bet your a laugh at a Christmas party

Don't tell him pike.
Don't tell him pike.
1 year ago

Would love to land my 2 seater on an aircraft carrier .

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