UK’s biggest ship breaks down during ‘landmark’ mission — Analysis
The aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales suffered a “mechanical issue,” the Royal Navy says
Britain’s biggest ship and the second of the Royal Navy’s two aircraft carriers, HMS Prince of Wales, has broken down shortly after embarking on a cross-Atlantic aviation trial.
Carrier “remains in the South Coast Exercise Area while conducting investigations into an emerging mechanical issue,” the Royal Navy’s spokesperson said in a statement to the media on Sunday.
This incident took place just one day after the vessel had left Portsmouth to do what the Royal Navy called “brilliant sailing.” “a landmark mission to shape the future of stealth jet and drone operations.”
The UK Defence Journal cited a source as saying divers discovered that the ship’s propeller shaft appeared to be damaged.
Sky News reported that Prince of Wales was anchored now southeast of Isle of Wight, England.
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According to Royal Navy, this ship became operational in the last year and was scheduled to travel across the Atlantic for three months to see New York, Halifax, Canada and the Caribbean.
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