THE Royal Navy’s newest carrier has set off for the first time.
Eight years after her steel was cut, HMS Prince of Wales – the sister ship to Portsmouth-based HMS Queen Elizabeth – sailed from Rosyth and under the Forth Bridge to begin her inaugural sea trials.
Initial testing will put the ship through its paces in speed and propulsion, with her maiden visit to Portsmouth scheduled for December.
HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently in the Atlantic Ocean, ahead of the operational trials with the F-35B fighter jets.
The new 920ft aircraft carrier will join HMS Queen Elizabeth as having Portsmouth as her home port.
Together they cost the British government £6.2bn.
In a statement on Sunday sailed under the bridge, defence minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: ‘Prince of Wales’ departure from Rosyth is a landmark moment for the carrier programme.
‘As the ship takes the next step to becoming fully operational, she carries with her the story of Britain's maritime might.
‘This tremendous achievement is a testament to the talent of British industry and I look forward to the moment we can welcome her into the Royal Navy family.’
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