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Navy's giant new aircraft carrier sails into Liverpool

Aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales has arrived in Liverpool in a demonstration of the Naval Service’s close ties with the city. Credit: PO Phot Allen

Britain's newest aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, has sailed into Liverpool for a week-long visit.

The ship is one of two giant new carriers, partly built at the Cammell Laird yard in Birkenhead.

More than 13,000 people are due to go to onboard the 65,000 tonne vessel during her stay, after tickets were given away free online.

Merseyside Police say there'll be increased security while the vessel is in the city.

Officers say they want everyone to have a "safe and enjoyable time." They add the presence of armed officers and police dogs is not a response to a "direct threat," but simply a way to keep the public safe at busy events.

Aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales has arrived in Liverpool in a demonstration of the Naval Service’s close ties with the city. Credit: PO Phot Allen

This is a national police scheme to deter, detect and disrupt criminal and terrorist activity in crowded places and sees the deployment of highly visible and covert police officers and staff. It should provide a visible reassurance for the thousands of people who will come to enjoy our fabulous city during the weekend."

– SUPERINTENDENT JONATHAN DAVIES, MERSEYSIDE POLICE

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