By George Stephens • 16 November 2019 • 18:14
HMS Prince of Wales arrived in its new home port of Pompey ( Portsmouth) for the first time today.
Hundreds of people, including industry employees, navy personnel and their families, gathered along the shoreline to welcome the £3.1bn aircraft carrier.
Major upgrade work had to been carried out at the jetties on Pompey harbour to ensure the second of the Royal Navy’s newest air craft carriers can eventually moor next to its sister ship, HMS Queen Elizabeth – which is currently on a training exercise and visit to the US.
Both are expected to be in service for 50 years and can be called into action for various work, including high intensity fighting and providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
When HMS Prince of Wales is deployed, it will typically carry 66,000 sausages, 28,800 rashers of bacon, 64,800 eggs and 12,000 tins of beans to feed daily its happy sailors!
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