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HMS Prince of Wales (R09)

HMS Prince of wales is one of the most powerful surface warships ever constructed in the UK.

Her flight deck is 70 metres wide and 280 metres long – enough space for three football pitches – and she holds 45 days’ worth of food in stores.

She will have a crew complement (minimum crew) of around 700, increasing to around 1,600 with aircraft onboard.

HMS Prince of Wales’ size and scope is awe-inspiring – she can embark 36 F-35B and four Merlin Helicopters.

Facts & figures

Facts & figures


weight in tonnes.


helicopters can be carried and embarked. 


crew members. 

Our Skills

Our skills

HMS Prince of Wales’ crew will have an expansive range of skills, so she will be able to meet the widest range of tasks around the world, including:

  • Humanitarian relief, saving lives across the seven seas
  • High intensity warfighting
  • Fighting terrorism 

Where can you find us?

HMS Prince of Wales sails into Portsmouth. Picture: LPhot Rory Arnold

Where can you find us?


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Commanding Officer

Captain Richard Hewitt OBE

What does HMS Prince of Wales do?

With an expected service life of up to 50 years, the floating cities of the Queen Elizabeth-class will be highly versatile and potent joint defence assets, able to meet the widest range of tasks around the world.

We see these ships as maritime platforms, adaptable and powerful, ready to deliver carrier strike missions, enforce no-fly zones, deploy Royal Marine Commandos, deliver humanitarian aid, and build international partnerships.

The ability to move 500 miles per day – combined with the speed and range of the F35 Lightning II – means these carriers can react at very short notice and make a real difference right around the globe. Find out all about how the Queen Elizabeth-class will equip us for the future here. 

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