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Prince of Wales floats out ahead of schedule

22 December 2017
The UK's second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier, Prince of Wales , is floated out on 21 December. Source: BAE Systems

The UK Royal Navy’s second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier was officially launched on 21 December, achieving another milestone for the construction programme.

The future HMS Prince of Wales , originally planned to launch in 2018, was floated out ahead of schedule during a ceremony held at BAE Systems’ Rosyth facility in Scotland, officials said.

Under current plans, sea trials for the 65,000-tonne ship are expected to start in 2019.

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