This weekend the ship was festively waved off by a crowd in Portsmouth, a spokesman for the British navy now confirms that the aircraft carrier is at a standstill due to ‘a mechanical problem’. It was en route to the United States, where it was to be deployed for a period of four months.
1600 crew members
According to foreign media divers began to inspect the damage to the propeller shaft of the 280-meter-long ship. It is not clear when the 1600 crew members can leave for Canada, New York and the Caribbean.
The largest ship in the British navy and a flagship of NATO has been struggling with problems for some time. It also ran aground in Portsmouth in 2020 after the engine room was flooded causing electrical problems.
During the first two years of service, the ship spent less than 90 days at sea. There were two leaks in five months.
Source: RTL Nieuws by www.rtlnieuws.nl.
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