Scuppered! British £ 3.1bn aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales has a 3ft water leak in its engine room – its second flood in the past five months
- HMS Prince of Wales has suffered a leak in the engine room of the £ 3.1bn ship
- This is the second time that the new plane frame has been leaked this year
- Members of the ship’s crew filmed the cascading water in the compartment
- No member of the ship’s crew was injured
Britain’s newest aircraft carrier was flooded to a depth of 3 feet after a water leak in the engine room.
This is the second time that the HMS Prince of Wales – a state-of-the-art £ 3.1bn ship – has been flooded in the past five months.
Images filmed by crew members showed water gushing down the stairs and submerging electrical cabinets and pipes.
A water leak resulted in a three-foot flooding aboard HMS Prince of Wales, pictured, though no member of the ship’s crew was injured
One of the sailors can be heard saying: “It’s deep. Oh shit. It is one meter above the ground. Navy sources confirmed the water was at least 3 feet deep at one point and flooded an engine bay. No one was injured in the incident and the Royal Navy is investigating the specific cause of the leak.
An internal system developed a failure causing flooding aboard the 65,000-ton warship while it was in its home port at Portsmouth Naval Base on Thursday.
This is the second time the warship has developed a leak. In May, a video emerged from water streaming through the ceiling in an accommodation area.
It is understood that most of the water from the recent leak has now been drained and placed in a holding tank before being pumped into a barge. A Royal Navy spokesperson said an investigation had been opened into the leak, but the extent of the damage was still being assessed.
This is the second time in five months that there has been a flood problem aboard the ship
“ Following an issue with an internal system at HMS Prince of Wales, the ship’s company removed water from one of the ship’s compartments, ” he said. “No one was injured and an investigation into the cause of the problem is underway.”
In January, more than 100 sailors had to abandon ship and spend the night on their sister ship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, after HMS Prince of Wales suffered a power cut in Portsmouth harbor. Sources blamed a problem with its generators and power supply.
And in July of last year, HMS Queen Elizabeth had to halt sea trials after a joint burst, causing a large amount of water to spill from a pipe and flood through several bridges.
The ship’s captain at the time, Captain Steve Moorhouse, said in his experience, leaks were a “weekly” problem for warships.
In 2017, HMS Queen Elizabeth also faced multi-million pound repairs after it was discovered that a faulty seal on a propeller shaft was letting in 200 liters of seawater per hour.
The identical aircraft carriers – built in Scotland for £ 6.2 billion – are the Navy’s largest and most powerful ships. They are to serve the country for the next 50 years.
Inside Britain’s most powerful warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth
At 280 meters in length, with a lifespan of half a century and a four-acre flight deck, HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest and most powerful warship in Great Britain. Brittany never built.
Here are the facts and figures behind the ship which officially entered service with the Royal Navy on December 7, 2017
HMS Queen Elizabeth, pictured, weighs around 65,000 tons and has a top speed of 25 knots and a four-acre flight deck
- The aircraft carrier weighs 65,000 tonnes and has a top speed of over 25 knots.
- A number of shipyards across the country were involved in the construction – these include Govan and Scotstoun in Glasgow, Appledore in Devon, Cammell Laird in Birkenhead, Wirral, A&P on the Tyne in Newcastle and Portsmouth.
- A total of 10,000 people worked on the construction of the ship, formed into sections at shipyards across the UK and transported to Rosyth, Fife, where it was assembled.
- It is the second Royal Navy ship to be named Queen Elizabeth.
- The ship has a crew of around 700, which will increase to 1,600 when a full complement of F-35B jets and Crowsnest helicopters are embarked.
- There are 364,000 meters of tubing inside the ship, and from keel to masthead it is 56 meters, four meters taller than Niagara Falls.
- On-board facilities include a chapel, medical center and 12-bed room, complete with general practitioners, a nurse and medical assistants, as well as a dentist and dental nurse.
- There are also five gymnasiums on the warship which include a cardiovascular suite, two free-standing weight rooms, and a boxing hall.
- Regular sessions of the fitness circuit and sporting activities such as basketball and tug of war take place in the hangar and on the flight deck, with weights and other items stored inside from the cockpit ramp.
- The captain of the ship was Angus Essenhigh
- There are five galleys on the warship where food is prepared and the people on board take their meals daily. This includes two main galleys, the mess of the bridge and a refreshment bar for the flight personnel.
- The on-board distribution network manages enough energy to power 30,000 kettles or 5,500 family homes.
- Its flight deck is 280 meters long and 70 meters wide, enough space for three football fields.
- The entire company of the 700-person ship can receive a meal in 90 minutes, 45 minutes at action stations.
- Recreational areas enjoyed by the crew include TVs and sofas, as well as popular board games, including the traditional Royal Navy game from Uckers.
- Each of the two elevators aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth can move two fighter jets from the hangar to the flight deck in 60 seconds.
- The warship has a range of 8,000 to 10,000 nautical miles and has two propellers – each weighing 33 tons and with a combined power of 80 MW – enough to run 1,000 family cars or 50 high-speed trains.