HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Queen Elizabeth

Ministry of Defence written question – answered am ar 9 Chwefror 2024.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Ceidwadwyr, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the operational future of the (a) HMS Prince of Wales and (b) HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)

The purpose of HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales is to provide the UK a Carrier Strike Group (CSG) capability. A CSG is a secure, versatile, agile and survivable, well-found sovereign operating base that exerts global influence through power projection, which, enabled by sea control and with minimal risk, delivers strike warfare against targets ashore.

On current plans the out of service date for the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers is 2069.

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