Aircraft carrier Prince of Wales in the completion of the shipbuilding company Vabcock Marine in Rosayte
As previously reported by a colleague of bmpd, the construction for the Royal Navy of two large aircraft carriers Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales of the CVF program is carried out by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance consortium with the assembly of ships from sections in the dry construction dock of the company Vabcock Marine in Rosait (former naval shipyard Rosyth Dockyard, privatized in 1997). The Aircraft Carrier Alliance also includes Thales (designer), BAE Systems Surface Ships, A & P Group and Cammell Laird (these three companies, along with Vabcock Marine, manufacture hull sections, Liam Fox also participated in construction of sections).
The manufacture of the sections of the second ship Prince of Wales was started in May 2011, the assembly of the ship is being carried out at the construction dock of Vabcock Marine in Rosait from the end of 2014. The withdrawal of the aircraft carrier Prince of Wales for testing is scheduled for 2019. In 2010, it was officially announced plans to immediately withdraw Prince of Wales from the reserve or even sell it abroad, but the worsening of the situation in Europe "saved" the aircraft carrier and in 2014 it was decided to put it into operation by the British Navy.
The construction of the head queen Queen Elizabeth was conducted in Rosait from 2009. The baptism ceremony was carried out on July 4, 2014, the main aircraft carrier was taken out of the construction dry dock of the Rozait shipyard on July 17, 2014 and began the factory road tests on June 26, 2017.
Prince of Wales will be the largest ship of the Royal Navy in history, as it is reported that due to changes and improvements made to the project of the second ship, it will have a total displacement of 3000 tons more than Queen Elizabeth (the project final displacement of the latter in most sources is characterized as 70600 tons). The building aircraft carrier Prince of Wales became the eighth ship of the British fleet with this name since 1693. However, after the sinking of the Prince of Wales battleship by Japanese aviation on December 10, 1941, this name was not assigned to the British Navy until now.