Friday 8 September, 2017
HMS Prince of Wales Named in Rosyth
HMS Prince of Wales, the second of the Royal Navy’s two future flagships being built by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, was officially named on Friday 8 September during a ceremony in Rosyth, Scotland.
The ship’s new sponsor, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Rothesay, followed Royal Navy tradition by triggering a bottle of 10 year old whisky from the Laphroaig distillery in the Isle of Islay, smashing it against the ship’s hull.
The Goldsmiths’ Company has an affiliation with the HMS Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Rothesy was presented with a beaker, made by Sheila McDonald, to commemorate the ceremony.
HMS Prince of Wales
With a crew of 679, HMS Prince of Wales is expected to carry out sea trials in 2019 before entering Royal Navy service. Six shipyards in six cities across the UK have been involved in the carrier's construction, and over 10,000 people, including 1,000 apprentices, 250 graduates and 700 businesses and suppliers, 90% hailing from UK, have helped build these mighty ships