Royal Navy: HMS Prince of Wales to leave Portsmouth today for Nato mission in North Sea - here's when

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Shipping movements has confirmed when HMS Prince of Wales will be leaving Portsmouth following yesterday's delay.

HMS Prince of Wales is going to be heading out to the North Sea in order to take part in one of the biggest Nato missions since the Cold War. Originally, its sister ship, HMS Queen Elizabeth was due to be deployed but there was a last minute change due to an issue with a coupling on the ship's starboard propeller shaft - resulting in HMS POW taking its place.

People gathered in Portsmouth yesterday (February 11) in a bid to see the majestic ship set sail to lead the Exercise Steadfast Defender but the deployment was delayed leaving onlookers disappointed. One member of the public who had come to wave off the carrier said: “I hope it hasn’t broken down again.”

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HMS Prince of Wales broke down last year as it was heading to a diplomatic mission to carry out exercises with the US Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and the US Marine Corps. The carrier came to a halt off the Isle of Wight and was brought under tow back into harbour for the problem to be identified. Inspections by divers and engineers found the carrier’s 33-ton starboard propeller – the same weight as 30 Ford Fiesta cars – had malfunctioned, with a coupling holding it in place breaking.

Following repairs, the ship is now getting ready to leave the city to take part in the Nato mission. Shipping movements has now confirmed that HMS POW will be leaving the Princess Royal Jetty, where she is currently berthed, at 1pm today (February 12) and it will be in the Solent by 2:05pm.

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