Welcome home HMS Prince of Wales
HMS Prince of Wales arrives on Saturday 16 November from 2pm into the waterfront city as one of the most powerful surface warships ever constructed in Britain. The new aircraft carrier can house 36 F-35B and four Merlin helicopters at one time. The new aircraft carrier will be viewable from a Harbour Tour on your day out in Portsmouth.
About HMS Prince of Wales (RO9)
The second Queen Elizabeth class carrier, HMS Prince of Wales is ready to make its maiden voyage to Portsmouth Naval Base. The anticipated arrival of the 65,000 tonne behemoth joins HMS Queen Elizabeth which was commissioned in a ceremony attended by Her Majesty the Queen in 2018.
With an expected service life of up to 50 years and ability to move 500 miles per day, the highly versatile aircraft carrier will help deliver carrier strike missions, enforce no flight zones and aid Royal Navy forces at home and abroad.
Facts and stats
- Her flight deck is 70 metres wide and 280 metres long
- She will have no less than 700 crew, increasing to 1,600 onboard at any one time
- HMS Prince of Wales (RO9) can hold 45 days' worth of food in stores
- Ability to move 500 miles per day
- There have been two iterations of Prince of Wales before in the 1770s and in 1941 battling the Bismark
View her on a Harbour Tour
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard offers the best views to see the new aircraft carrier on a Harbour Tour. While renovations continue inside the Victory Gallery until April 2020, a Harbour Tour still offers unparalleled views you'll find no where else.
Step onto a Harbour Tour and discover the wonders of Portsmouth Harbour - view HMS Prince of Wales up close for the perfect photo opportunity. You'll spend around 30 minutes in total on the tour as you take in the sights and sounds of Portsmouth Harbour.
HMS Prince of Wales will be based alongside Portsmouth Naval Base during the winter months as she undergoes additional maintenance. We're unable to provide exact times of when she may leave as we're often told the same day. Times are always subject to change depending on tide times and weather conditions.
Visitors are able to view the aircraft carrier from a Harbour Tour. HMS Prince of Wales is an active vessel, operated by the Royal Navy. Because of this, visitors are unable to visit the aircraft carrier but are able to view it clearly from a Harbour Tour.
You can see the aircraft carrier from a Harbour Tour which runs daily. HMS Prince of Wales isn't always in dock. Please check before arriving about her availability.
Very little if any. Both HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Queen Elizabeth are part of the family of Queen Elizabeth-class of aircraft carriers. Each has a total of 16 decks with around 250,000 km of electrical cable running through each ship. Other than name and their historic links to previous units, both aircraft carriers are virtually identical.