The UK Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales was left stranded in Portsmouth for six months after a second flooding which damaged the ship’s electrical system, The Sun reported.
According to the report, the £3.1billion vessel has been banned from leaving Portsmouth on safety grounds until spring, a year after she last sailed. The carrier was due to sail to the U.S. to train with F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter jets.
The flood was reportedly caused by a burst fire main with thousands of gallons of sea water pouring into an engine room and submerging electrical cabinets for over 24 hours.
HMS Prince of Wales, the second Queen Elizabeth-class carrier after HMS Queen Elizabeth, was formally commissioned into the Royal Navy fleet in December, 2019, at a ceremony attended by the Prince of Wales and the ship’s sponsor, the Duchess of Cornwall.
The ship’s flight deck is 70 meters wide and 280 meters long – enough space for three football pitches. Her ship’s company make their way through 170 meters of sausages a day, which is roughly twice the height of the Liver Building. The vessel has a ship’s company of 700 sailors, which will increase to around 1,600 with aircraft on board.
The Queen Elizabeth-class carriers are equipped with F-35B Lightning stealth fighter jets as they deploy around the world in a naval task group. With an expected service life of up to 50 years, the carriers are highly versatile and able to meet the widest range of tasks around the world.
The ability to move 500 miles per day – combined with the speed and range of the F35 jets – means these carriers can react at very short notice and make a difference around the globe.