HMS Prince of Wales returns back to Portsmouth just days after leaving the city
THE Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales is due back home tomorrow – after spending just four days at sea.
Portsmouth’s Queen’s Harbour has warned mariners to expect the 65,000-tonne vessel to begin to enter the city’s harbour shortly after 3.30pm.
The Ministry of Defence has insisted the carrier had always been set to return tomorrow.
A spokesman added: ‘Following a successful period at sea, it was always planned that HMS Prince of Wales would return to Portsmouth of August 26, in order to re-store ready for the next period at sea.
‘It also allows the crew time with families over the bank holiday, ahead of a busy operational autumn period.’
The ship is the newest of Britain’s two Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.
Her older sister, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is currently on deployment in the Far East.
As previously reported, HMS Prince of Wales completed a two-month stint at sea earlier this year, making her maiden trip to Gibraltar.
The mighty warship’s deployment came after a lengthy period of maintenance and repairs, following a leak which cost millions of pound to fix.
The News has approached the Ministry of Defence for comment about HMS Prince of Wales’s return.