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HMS Queen Elizabeth: Leak Sprung on Britain's New Aircraft Carrier

HMS Queen Elizabeth: Leak Sprung on Britain's New Aircraft Carrier

Supplies are loaded onto the UK's latest aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 19 December 2017 12:04 PM

The HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed into its home port just four months ago but a leak has already been discovered on Britain’s new aircraft carrier and the problem is being deemed "highly embarrassing" for the Royal Navy, the BBC News reported.

During sea trials a faulty seal in one of the propeller shafts was detected in the $3.9 billion carrier, resulting in the vessel taking in around 200 liters of sea water per hour, the Sun newspaper revealed.

The HMS Queen Elizabeth is the biggest ship ever built for the British navy and was designed specifically as a platform for the next generation of fighter jets. It is expected to have two dozen F-35B aircraft on board by 2023.

The carrier was reportedly delivered with the fault by Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA), making the manufacturers liable for the costly repairs, but sources said the cost may fall on taxpayers.

“We’re about to uncover the true cost of carrier operations,” an insider told The Sun. "There is a feeling that the ACA mugged us off by not sorting this before the handover.”

Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson insisted that the repairs would not cost taxpayers.

“This is the reason why we have the sea trials, to make sure that everything is working absolutely perfectly,” he said, per The Daily Mail.

“This is something that work is currently ongoing to deal with, and HMS Queen Elizabeth will be going out early on in the new year to continue her sea trials and making sure she is fully operable in terms of helicopters and the F-35 being able to fly off her deck.”

According to The Telegraph, an ACA spokesperson said it was common for defect resolutions to continue following a vessel’s acceptance into the navy and assured that repairs would be undertaken next year.

The BBC reported the Royal Navy was downplaying the problem, but questioned whether the leak could be fixed while the carrier was still in the water and, if not, repairs would have to be performed while the vessel is dry docked, which could increase in delays and expenses.

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The HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed into its home port just four months ago but a leak has already been discovered on Britain’s new aircraft carrier and the problem is being deemed "highly embarrassing" for the Royal Navy,
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