26 Sep 2016

Democracy and Engagement

First of a new kind of aircraft carrier to be affiliated with the city of Bristol

Pictures of the ship under construction available from links at the bottom of the page.

Bristol has received the honour of becoming affiliated with the second of two new types of aircraft carriers at a ceremony in Scotland.

The HMS Prince of Wales is part of a new generation of Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers which are being built for the Royal Navy.  Together with her sister ship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, she will be one of the largest ships ever built for the country’s fleet.  

Bristol was offered the chance to be one of two cities to have a civic affiliation with the ship, a
longside the city of Liverpool.  

This affiliation means that the ship will spend time in Bristol, allowing visitors on board, while also boosting the city’s image overseas.

Bristol’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Jeff Lovell, attended the official sea affiliation ceremony to accept the honour on behalf of the city.

He said: “It is a privilege to be able to accept this on behalf of my home city.  Being offered the opportunity to be affiliated with such a landmark in British naval history is a real honour. I hope this affiliation will lay a strong foundation for further developing our relationship with our nation’s Armed Forces. 

“By affiliating ourselves with this ship we are also helping to boost Bristol’s image around the world and confirms our status as a city of international importance.  

“Alongside our fellow Core City member Liverpool, I look forward to building our relationship with the Navy through this ship and can’t wait for the people of Bristol to be able to make the most of it when she drops anchor in the city for the first time.” 

Captain Ian Groom MBE, Senior Naval Officer of HMS Prince of Wales, said: “It is an honour for HMS Prince of Wales to be affiliated with the maritime-rich, historic city of Bristol and this formal announcement marks the beginning of what will be a long and fruitful relationship throughout the 50 year life of the ship.   I was delighted to extend a warm welcome to Councillor Jeff Lovell and show off the nation’s newest aircraft carrier when he visited as part of our inaugural Affiliates’ Day.  I speak on behalf of all of my Ship’s Company when I say we look forward to building our affiliation with the city and visiting Bristol in the not too distant future.”

Bristol’s maritime past includes being the birth place of historic ships like the Matthew, the ship that John Cabot used to discover Newfoundland in 1497, and Brunel’s ss Great Britain, the first iron hulled, propeller driven ship to cross the Atlantic.

The HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to be handed over to the Royal Navy in 2020.  HMS Prince of Wales is due to follow in 2023. More information about the HMS Prince of Wales can be found on the Royal Navy’s website: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/princeofwales

The naming ceremony of HMS Queen Elizabeth took place last week at the Royal Dockyard in Rosyth, Fife where the ship was constructed.


Notes to editors

More information about Bristol’s Maritime past is available in the M Shed museum, on board the ss Great Britain and the Matthew replica or on the Visit Bristol website: http://visitbristol.co.uk/about-bristol/all-about-bristol/history

If you want to keep up to date with the ship's developments and news you can follow their twitter feed at @HMSPWLS.