Fixing Navy’s leaky aircraft carriers to cost £5.5m after HMS Prince of Wales left stranded by major floods


FIXING the Navy’s leaky aircraft carriers will cost £5.5million.

HOAR revealed how a burst fire main blew the electric propulsion system on HMS Prince of Wales, leaving her stranded in Portsmouth for a year.

Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales

It was the second major flood caused by dodgy plumbing this year.

The 65,000 tonne ship was due to sail to America to train with F-35 jets but the voyage had to be cancelled while engineers fix miles of high voltage cables.

Defence Minister Jeremy Quin said the repairs would cost £3.3million.

Another £2.2million is being spent on fixing leaky pipes on HMS Prince of Wales and her sister ship HMS Queen Elizabeth, to stop it happening again.

*Stephen Morgan, Shadow armed forces Minister, said: *“We all want to see HMS Prince of Wales operational again as soon as possible.

“It’s vital that our nation’s military assets are ready to face whatever comes.”

HMS Prince of Wales sprang a leak in May
She was still in dock at Portsmouth
The repairs on the ship will cost £3.3million

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