The first 12 crewmembers of the second of the Royal Navy’s new 65,000ton supercarriers have been assigned to the vessel. HMS Prince of Wales is currently still being assembled at Rosyth dockyard in Fife and is expected to begin her sea trials by the end of 2019. The first supercarrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth which is much closer to completion, currently has a crew of 370 personnel which will double by the time she begins her own sea trials.
Captain Simon Petitt, the senior officer in charge of the carrier project said;
It’s fantastic to see the first members of HMS Prince of Wales arrive. These are two very exciting ships that are being built for the Royal Navy. Prince of Wales is progressing very fast but a ship is nothing without its sailors so the first 12 members arriving today is a very important date for the project, but more so for the Royal Navy.