The Royal Navy‘s flagship, HMS Prince of Wales, embarks on a crucial voyage to the United States, destined to redefine the paradigm of naval aviation.

Deployment of  HMS Prince of Wales: Revolutionizing naval operations

Britain’s largest warship has begun its autumn voyage, marking its longest deployment. During this trip, the fusion of aircraft carrier operations with drones, fifth-generation stealth fighters, tilt rotors and helicopters will be explored. This mission seeks to transfigure the methodology with which the  Royal Navy manages Carrier Strike Groups.

After passing through the English Channel, collaborations with the company  W Autonomous Systems will allow testing the implementation of drones in logistics, facilitating deliveries of up to 100 kg to vessels on the high seas. This innovation could eventually replace expensive naval helicopters in certain missions.

Once on US soil,  F-35B stealth fighters will be embarked to extend the operational boundaries of the UK’s fifth-generation jets.

Optimization of operations with the F-35B

The F-35B fighter, which has already undergone rigorous evaluations in both the US and the UK, will be central during this deployment. Despite five years of operations from  Royal Navy aircraft carriers, there are still gray areas in their operability and capability, which this mission seeks to elucidate.

HMS Prince of Wales heads to the US

By the end of the voyage, HMS Prince of Wales is expected to have implemented advanced drone operating techniques, extended the range and efficiency of the  F-35B, and increased the operability of the US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.

Captain  Richard Hewitt and Commander  Martin Russell have expressed enthusiasm and readiness for this deployment’s challenges and opportunities.

Advances in takeoff and landing tactics

One focus will be improving takeoff and landing techniques for the  F-35, allowing faster and more loaded returns to the aircraft carrier. This implies a reduction in the time between missions and an increase in the ship’s firepower.

In addition, we will seek to operate the  F-35  in the most adverse maritime conditions, validating its robustness in challenging environments.

Subsequently, attention will be paid to the next generation of short takeoff and landing drones, particularly the  Mojave drone, designed to operate from reduced runways or flight decks.

MV-22 Osprey integration   and future vision

The final phase of the US deployment will focus on expanding the operational capabilities of the   Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys. These devices, unique in their class, play a crucial role in logistics and mobility.

Expanding the ship’s operational capabilities with all these aircraft will set a precedent for future missions, culminating in the global deployment of  HMS Prince of Wales in 2025.