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HMS Prince of Wales to make first visit to the River Mersey this month

The Mersey waterfront will host another spectacular maritime visit when Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales makes its debut on the river later this month.

Update: Tickets to board the ship are now sold out. 

Arriving in Liverpool on 28 February, the week-long visit will feature celebrations and engagement with the local community - plus the chance to step on-board!

Tickets to board the ship are free, and are available to book now. The ship can be viewed from Princes Parade at any point during her time alongside at Liverpool Cruise Terminal, while the Naval village on the Pier head will be open at the following times: 

  • Friday 28 Feb 10am - 5pm
  • Saturday 29 Feb 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday 1 March 10am - 6pm 

HMS Prince of Wales is affiliated with the cities of Liverpool and Bristol, meaning a close bond between the ship and the communities she's tied with.

Captain Darren Houston, the Commanding Officer of HMS Prince of Wales, said:

“My ship’s company and I are hugely excited about our first visit to Liverpool. This is an opportunity for us to cement our bond with the city as one of the newest warships in the Royal Navy’s fleet.

“We’re looking forward to hosting people from the local community on board during our time alongside, and I know we will receive the warmest of welcomes.” 

Cllr Christine Spriggs, Cabinet Member for Culture and Tourism, said:

"We are rightly proud of our magnificent waterfront views and excited to see this incredible vessel on its visit to the Mersey. We know Wirral residents will be thrilled about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go onboard given our rich maritime history."

HMS Prince of Wales is one of the most powerful surface warships ever constructed in the UK. Along with her sister ship HMS Queen Elizabeth, they are the largest ships ever built for the Royal Navy.  Her punch is provided by F-35 Lightning fighter jets as she deploys around the world in a naval task group.

With an expected service life of up to 50 years, the floating cities of the Queen Elizabeth-class are highly versatile and able to meet the widest range of tasks around the world. The ability to move 500 miles per day – combined with the speed and range of the F35 jets – means these carriers can react at very short notice and make a difference around the globe.

HMS Prince of Wales was formally commissioned in to the Royal Navy fleet in December, at a ceremony attended by the Prince of Wales and the ship’s sponsor, the Duchess of Cornwall. The ship’s flight deck is 70 metres wide and 280 metres long – enough space for three football pitches. Her ship’s company make their way through 170 metres of sausages a day, which is roughly twice the height of the Liver Building. She has a ship’s company of 700 sailors, which will increase to around 1,600 with aircraft on board. 

More details will be announced soon - some will be dependent on weather conditions and operational commitments.