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UK Defence Secretary backs second aircraft carrier

01 October 2013
UK Defence Secretary, Philiip Hammond, has backed bringing HMS Prince of Wales, the second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier and currently planned to be mothballed, into service. Source: BAE Systems

UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has pitched for the Royal Navy (RN) to bring the second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier into service after the country's next Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) in 2015.

Speaking at a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on 1 October, Hammond said it was his "inclination" to bring the ship into service to allow the RN to maintain one carrier continuously in operational use.

The future status of HMS Prince of Wales has been in doubt since the 2010 SDSR proposed keeping the ship in extended readiness (mothballed) after it is completed in 2018 to save on running costs.



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