Construction of the ship began in 2011, with some of the blocks built in Portsmouth and then sent up to Rosyth on a barge for assembly.

HMS Prince of Wales in pictures: Royal Navy’s second Scottish-built carrier takes shape

Once completed next year, Fife-built HMS Prince Wales will be handed over to the Royal Navy and fit for front-line duties around the globe from the year 2023.

The aircraft carrier - described as one of the most advanced warships ever constructed for the UK armed forces - is currently under construction at BAE Systems in Rosyth, Fife – and these pictures show how she is progressing.

The carrier will have a nautical range of 10,000 miles and is 280 metres in lenght: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

5. 10,000 mile nautical range

The carrier will have a nautical range of 10,000 miles and is 280 metres in lenght: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
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A general view of the thermal metal spray coated landing area of the flight deck. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

6. HMS Prince of Wales

A general view of the thermal metal spray coated landing area of the flight deck. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
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The carrier's design emphasises flexibility, with accommodation for 250 Royal Marines and the ability to support them with attack helicopters and troop transports up to and larger than Chinook size. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

7. Flexible design

The carrier's design emphasises flexibility, with accommodation for 250 Royal Marines and the ability to support them with attack helicopters and troop transports up to and larger than Chinook size. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
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She is the seventh Royal Navy ship to have the name HMS Prince of Wales. Construction of the ship began in 2011 at Rosyth Dockyard and as of May 2018 is in the water being fitted out

8. Seventh of her name

She is the seventh Royal Navy ship to have the name HMS Prince of Wales. Construction of the ship began in 2011 at Rosyth Dockyard and as of May 2018 is in the water being fitted out
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