Personnel from the British Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales have been training at HMS Raleigh training facility in Cornwall.
The training programme is part of preparations to take the aircraft carrier to sea for the first time later this year.
HMS Prince of Wales’s replenishment-at-sea (RAS) team includes seaman specialists and members of the vessel’s company.
During their two-day stay, 28 personnel trained in ways to transfer stores and fuel safely from ship-to-ship at sea using HMS Raleigh’s RAS trainer, a mock-up of a warship and a Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) vessel.
The transfer of stores and fuel between vessels is undertaken using heavy wires.
HMS Prince of Wales bosun chief petty officer (CPO) Jamie McNeil said: “Some of the team are just out of their specialist training while others have spent some time on our sister ship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, to gain some experience. This is a great training facility.
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“We’ve been practising probe refuelling and a little bit of stores RAS-ing.
“The programme of getting on-board and taking ownership of the maintenance, breaking down the stores and getting them onboard and conducting the training on the relevant bits of kit, is all hotting up and speeding up, which is why we have come to do this at HMS Raleigh.”
The 65,000t vessel is the second of the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, which are the biggest ships ever built for the Royal Navy.
It is in the final phase of construction at Rosyth Royal Dockyard and is planned to undergo sea trials by the end of the year.
Earlier this week, the first stores have been loaded on HMS Prince of Wales, including supplies such as bandages, pots, pans, camp beds, pipe clamps, hoses, valves, and firefighting equipment.