HMS Prince of Wales sails past the music festival en route to training with jets off the US coast

HMS Prince of Wales sails past the music festival en route to training with F35-B Lightning jets off the US coast

  • The Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales left Portsmouth Naval Base today for the United States
  • The 65,000 tonne warship was due to depart on Friday but was postponed to today after technical issues
  • It was sent ahead of Victorious Festival music lovers while pop favorites The Sugarbabes played

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The Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales got off to a colorful start as it sailed past a music festival en route to exercises off the US coast.

The departure of the 65,000 tonne warship from Portsmouth Naval Base in Hampshire was delayed from Friday August 26 due to a technical problem.

But the £3billion hauler was able to sail this afternoon and passed thousands of music lovers at the Victorious music festival on Southsea Common in Portsmouth.

Pop favorites The Sugababes were in the middle of their set when the giant ship passed with the crew lined up on the flight deck for a view of the festival.

Dancer Sally Turner, of Hoop Shaker, who performs alongside actors on the Beats and Swing Stage, left the carrier with a display of her hoop skills next to Southsea Castle at the festival site.

The Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales (pictured) got off to a colorful start as it sailed past a music festival en route to exercises off the US coast

Dancer Sally Turner, of Hoop Shaker who performs alongside actors on the Beats and Swing stage, left the transporter with a display of her hoop skills next to Southsea Castle at the festival site

Dancer Sally Turner, of Hoop Shaker who performs alongside actors on the Beats and Swing stage, left the transporter with a display of her hoop skills next to Southsea Castle at the festival site

The departure of the 65,000 tonne warship from Portsmouth Naval Base in Hampshire was delayed from Friday due to technical issues.  Pictured: Family and friends wave to sailors on board HMS Prince of Wales as it sets sail

The departure of the 65,000 tonne warship from Portsmouth Naval Base in Hampshire was delayed from Friday due to technical issues. Pictured: Family and friends wave to sailors on board HMS Prince of Wales as it sets sail

HMS Prince of Wales had already returned home to Portsmouth in June after operating alongside the Spanish aircraft carrier in the Gulf of Cadiz.

HMS Prince of Wales had already returned home to Portsmouth in June after operating alongside the Spanish aircraft carrier in the Gulf of Cadiz.

Goers at the Victorious Festival on Southsea Common give the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales a farewell

Goers at the Victorious Festival on Southsea Common give the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales a farewell

HMS Prince of Wales had already returned home to Portsmouth in June after operating alongside the Spanish aircraft carrier in the Gulf of Cadiz.

The NATO flagship is sailing to undertake training exercises with the United States Navy as well as the Royal Canadian Navy, United States Marine Corps.

The program should include exercises with the F-35B Lightning jets.

A Royal Navy spokesman declined to comment on the reason for the postponed departure, but said the departure of ‘HMS Prince of Wales’ has been delayed. This will not affect his subsequent program.

The ship was sailed by Victorious Festival as the Sugababes (pictured in Big Feastival in the Cotswolds) played

The ship was sailed by Victorious Festival as the Sugababes (pictured in Big Feastival in the Cotswolds) played

The NATO flagship is sailing to undertake training exercises with the US Navy as well as the Royal Canadian Navy and US Marine Corps

The NATO flagship is sailing to undertake training exercises with the US Navy as well as the Royal Canadian Navy and US Marine Corps

HMS Prince of Wales: The numbers behind the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier

Cost: £3.3 billion. Originally £3 billion, various faults and repairs drove up the cost.

Lester: 65,000

Crew: 1,600 when fully functional.

Dimensions: Over 900 feet long and 230 feet wide, with four-acre decks the size of three football fields.

The rapidity: Top speed of 28 mph. Able to travel 500 miles per day.

Fighter : Capacity for 36 F35-B Lightning II fighter aircraft. The jets can be lifted from below deck hangar to deck in just 60 seconds.

Weapons: Weapon system capable of firing 3,000 rounds per minute.

Radar: Long-range radars can track up to 1,000 aerial targets up to 250 nautical miles.

Artisan 3D Type 997 medium range radars can track a bullet-sized target up to 12 miles away.

A chart shows how the Queen Elizabeth class of aircraft carriers - which includes two ships;  HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales - can produce 500 tonnes of fresh water from seawater per day

A chart shows how the Queen Elizabeth class of aircraft carriers – which includes two ships; HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales – can produce 500 tonnes of fresh water from seawater per day

Pictured: The Queen Elizabeth class includes HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales

Pictured: The Queen Elizabeth class includes HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales

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