Aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales breaks down off the south coast of England ahead of a key voyage to the United States


Britain’s largest warship ran aground off the south coast of England today due to ‘damage to her propeller shaft’ as she had just set sail for a major mission in the United States.

The five-year-old HMS Prince of Wales, which is the second of two Royal Navy aircraft carriers, suffered an ’emergent mechanical problem’ near the Isle of Wight, a Royal Navy spokesman says .

It comes after the £3billion carrier already had to delay its Friday departure from Portsmouth Naval Base in Hampshire by a day due to a technical problem.

The 65,000 tonne warship is now believed to be anchored to the south east of the Isle of Wight as an investigation into the issue is underway.

The Navy Lookout reported: “It may be unrelated, but the wake visible in the photo above, taken while she was sailing yesterday, appears to indicate the port shaft turn only.”

The Royal Navy spokesman said Sky News“HMS Prince of Wales remains in the south coast exercise area while investigating an emerging mechanical issue.”

During this time, the British Defense Journalthe online news site that first reported the issue, claimed the issue was specifically related to damage to the starboard propeller shaft.

He reported: ‘A source told me that divers were sent out to determine what was wrong after problems were noticed on board, and once they returned divers had concerns about starboard propeller shaft

“I have been told that the well itself appears to be damaged, but I do not think it is appropriate to comment on the extent of potential damage at this stage, as details of any damage cannot be confirmed. .”

Another specialized information site, Belvedere of the Navyreported that the carrier had suffered a “significant technical failure”.

He again cited the unconfirmed claims that there was “damage to the starboard propeller shaft”, adding similarly that “divers inspected the vessel below the waterline”.

The five-year-old HMS Prince of Wales is the second of two Royal Navy aircraft carriers.

The five-year-old HMS Prince of Wales is the second of two Royal Navy aircraft carriers.

The NATO flagship is to undertake training exercises with the US Navy as well as the Royal Canadian Navy, United States Marine Corps.  The program should include exercises with the F-35B Lightning jets

The NATO flagship is to undertake training exercises with the US Navy as well as the Royal Canadian Navy, United States Marine Corps. The program should include exercises with the F-35B Lightning jets

If the voyage still continues, it has been described by the Royal Navy as set to “shape the future of stealth jet and drone operations off the coasts of North America and the Caribbean”.

The NATO flagship is to undertake training exercises with the US Navy as well as the Royal Canadian Navy, United States Marine Corps. The program should include exercises with the F-35B Lightning jets.

The warship got off to a colorful start as it sailed past thousands of music lovers during the Victorious music festival on Southsea Common in Portsmouth on Saturday.

The warship got a colorful start as it sailed past thousands of music lovers at the Victorious music festival on Southsea Common in Portsmouth on Saturday (Hoop Shaker dancer Sally Turner is pictured)

The warship got a colorful start as it sailed past thousands of music lovers at the Victorious music festival on Southsea Common in Portsmouth on Saturday (Hoop Shaker dancer Sally Turner is pictured)

Family and friends wave to sailors aboard HMS Prince of Wales as it sets sail on Saturday

Family and friends wave to sailors aboard HMS Prince of Wales as it sets sail on Saturday

The carrier's departure was a day late, although a Royal Navy spokesman declined to comment on the reason for the postponement.

The carrier’s departure was a day late, although a Royal Navy spokesman declined to comment on the reason for the postponement.

His departure was a day late, although a Royal Navy spokesman declined to comment on the reason for the postponement. They said: the departure of the ‘HMS Prince of Wales’ has been delayed. This will not affect his subsequent program.

But now the carrier would be at anchor. The UK Defense Journal was told by the Ministry of Defence: ‘After departing Portsmouth, HMS PRINCE OF WALES remains in the South Coast Exercise Area.’

But Navy Lookout reported the official line is that the mission is still to take place, with a Royal Navy spokesperson telling the site: “We expect her to continue her WESTLANT 22 deployment as planned in the coming days.”

A chart shows how the Queen Elizabeth class of aircraft carriers - which includes two ships;  HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales - can produce 500 tonnes of fresh water from seawater per day

A chart shows how the Queen Elizabeth class of aircraft carriers – which includes two ships; HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales – can produce 500 tonnes of fresh water from seawater per day

Pictured: The Queen Elizabeth class includes HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales

Pictured: The Queen Elizabeth class includes HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales

Prior to the mechanical issue and to mark the warship’s departure, the Commander-in-Chief Captain Richard Hewitt said in a statement: ‘Taking the HMS Prince of Wales task force across the Atlantic for the remainder of this year will not just push the boundaries of UK carrier operations. , but will strengthen our close working relationship with our closest ally.

“From operating the F35 Lightnings and drones to hosting the Atlantic Future Forum, none of this would be possible without the efforts of the incredible sailors on board, many of whom are on their first deployment with the Royal Navy. .”

MailOnline has contacted the Ministry of Defense for comment.

HMS Prince of Wales: The numbers behind the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier

Cost: £3.3 billion. Originally £3 billion, various faults and repairs drove up the cost.

Lester: 65,000

Crew: 1,600 when fully functional.

Dimensions: Over 900 feet long and 230 feet wide, with four-acre decks the size of three football fields.

The rapidity: Top speed of 28 mph. Able to travel 500 miles per day.

Fighter : Capacity for 36 F35-B Lightning II fighter aircraft. The jets can be lifted from below deck hangar to deck in just 60 seconds.

Weapons: Weapon system capable of firing 3,000 rounds per minute.

Radar: Long-range radars can track up to 1,000 aerial targets up to 250 nautical miles.

Artisan 3D Type 997 medium range radars can track a bullet-sized target up to 12 miles away.

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