Loss find on the new £3.1 billion aircraft carrier


The UNITED kingdom, the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, is losing because of a problem sealing.

The Royal Navy’s future flagship, which was commissioned by the Queen earlier this month in Portsmouth, has a problem with one of her propeller shafts.

The guilt of the £3.1 billion the carrier has been identified for the first time during sea trials.

A Royal Navy spokesman said the ship is scheduled for repair and the fault does not prevent it from sailing again at the beginning of the new year.

According to the Sun newspaper, HMS Queen Elizabeth was the recruitment of up to 200 litres of sea water every hour due to the failure.

BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale said the issue was “highly embarrassing” for the Royal Navy and was only one of a series of snags still to be rectified.

A Royal Navy spokesman said: “A problem with a shaft seal has been identified during the HMS Queen Elizabeth sea trials; this is expected for the repair, while she is next to Portsmouth.

“Does not prevent it from sailing again and her programme of sea trials will not be affected.”



By Jonathan Beale, BBC defence correspondent

The Royal Navy is trying to play down the problem, after the first attempt to hide it.

It is clearly embarrassing.

They have known the problem for some time, but does not want to get in the way of the commissioning ceremony in front of the Queen.

The truth is, similar losses in the other war-ships are not unusual and can be fixed relatively easily.

The difference this time, however, is the scale of HMS Queen Elizabeth and the fact that she has just been delivered to the navy.

The big question is if the leak can be fixed, while it is still in the water.

Marina insists on the fact that the work can be done without you, back to the dry dock, which would be costly and add delays.

In every way, the navy insists the fault must be rectified and paid for by the contractors, together with a list of other “wrenches”.

Defense secretary Gavin Williamson said the cost of the repair would be funded by the contractors that built it.

He added: “This is the reason why we have sea trials, to ensure that everything functions absolutely perfectly. This is something that the work is currently in progress.

BAE Systems, which assembled the HMS Queen Elizabeth at the dockyard in Fife, has said that the repair would be done in the new year and take a couple of days.

The company said: “it is normal practice for a volume of work, and defect resolution to continue to follow the vessel of acceptance. This will be completed before the nation’s flagship re-start its program in the sea in 2018.”

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280 m of the length of the Flight deck

700 Crew currently on board

155,000 km Length of electric cable inside of the ship

162db Volume of the siren

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Rear admiral Chris Parry, a former director of operational capability at the Ministry of Defence, said that the securities were “very embarrassing”, but the leak “is not actually very big.”

“You expect to take a little bit of water when you’re operating a warship at sea,” he told the BBC.

“It’s been out for sea trials, has been under pressure. Have been testing all the systems in the extreme and I am afraid to say that this is what happens in the sea.”

The 900ft (280m) long, the HMS Queen Elizabeth entered her home port of Portsmouth for the first time in the month of August, after the start of two months of sea trials, from the Terminal.

This is the first in the UK, the new generation of aircraft carriers.

A second carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, is externally complete, but it will take 18 months to adapt their internal systems at the Terminal and it will be 2019 before the ship can begin its sea trials.No planes

News of the loss comes after MPs raised concerns about the cost of a F-35 jet aircraft that will fly off the HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The UK has begun a £9.1 billion purchase of 48 F-35 by 2025 from the american giant Lockheed Martin.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth is not currently able to distribute the plans, but the Lightning of the hunt are due to make their first test flights from the carrier deck next year, with 120 rooms with air crew is trained in the USA.

The carrier has been built in blocks at six shipyards throughout the country – Govan, Scotstoun, Appledore, Cammell Laird, Liverpool, A&P in Newcastle, and Portsmouth before being assembled at the Terminal.

A new national shipbuilding strategy was presented by the then Secretary of Defence, Sir Michael Fallon in the month of September.

The government has said it plans to buy at least five new Type 31e frigates by 2023, and to share the work between construction sites throughout the country.

The first batch of new vessels will help to reinforce the Royal Navy fleet, but hopefully foreign navy to buy ships from UK in future.