HMS Prince of Wales: Royal Navy's second carrier gets ready to join HMS Queen Elizabeth

Work continues on the flight deck during a tour of the under-construction aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, at Babcock in Rosyth, Fife.  Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.
Work continues on the flight deck during a tour of the under-construction aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, at Babcock in Rosyth, Fife. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.

ONCE complete next year, she will be handed over to the Royal Navy and fit for front-line duties around the globe from the year 2023.

Aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales is currently under construction at BAE Systems in Rosyth, Fife – and these pictures show how she is progressing.

She will be commissioned in 2020 and is the second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier under construction for the Royal Navy – plus the seventh Royal Navy ship to have the name HMS Prince of Wales.

Construction of the ship began in 2011, with some of the blocks built in Portsmouth and then sent up to Rosyth on a barge for assembly.