Gibraltar welcomes ‘HMS Prince of Wales’ aircraft carrier on its first stop outside the UK

Madrid, July 6. (Europa Press) –

Gibraltar hosted the aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales on Tuesday, its first visit to a port outside the UK, for a brief logistical stopover in its operations, which will continue until July 10.

According to the Government of Gibraltar, the Portsmouth-based aircraft carrier has thus completed an “intensive” testing process and training period off the south coast of England, following some of the updates and improvements. that the ship received during the year 2020.

In addition, the ship is at sea for the first time with its twin aircraft carrier, the “HMS Queen Elizabeth”, and is capable of operating with the latest generation of F35 Lightning 2 fighter jets.

These aircraft carriers thus manage to make a “significant” contribution to NATO defense alongside the warships, submarines, helicopters and F-35s of the United Kingdom.

Regarding the period during which the “HMS Prince of Wales” underwent various tests, he referred to the many milestones which allowed her to “go into full operation” as an aircraft carrier. . Among them was the “long embarkation” of various aircraft squadrons, such as the 656 Squadron of the Army Air Corps and the “Wildcat of the Naval Air Squadron 825” maritime attack helicopters.

Likewise, the “Royal Navy” assured that it “worked” to train new personnel in air operations in the same way it “updated” veterans.

In this sense, Captain Darren Houston, commanding officer of “HMS Prince of Wales”, said the trip to Gibraltar is “a special race” as it is there that he will hand over command of the ship to a “new commander. ”. Captain Stephen Higham.

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