Royal Navy's HMS Queen Elizabeth sprang 'leak' on journey from Portsmouth to Scotland

AIRCRAFT carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth sprang a minor leak after she left Portsmouth, it has been reported.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 5:07 pm
Updated Thursday, 15th April 2021, 5:11 pm

The £3.2bn carrier suffered a saltwater pipe breach in March.

It meant thousands of gallons of water poured into the flagship, The Sun reported.

A Royal Navy spokesman said: ‘There was a minor breach of a saltwater pipe in March which was fixed swiftly and had no impact on the ship's programme.’

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HMS Queen Elizabeth returns to Portsmouth Naval Base following sea trials and a visit to western Scotland. Issue date: Monday March 22, 2021. Picture: Ben Mitchell/PA Wire

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The leak comes after she suffered with a leaky propeller in 2017, and saw neck-high flooding in July 2019.

Her sister ship is still in port in Portsmouth after suffering a leak in October causing £3.3m of damage to the ship.

Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan, Labour’s shadow armed forces minister, told The Sun: ‘Repeated floods raise questions about the capability of our carriers. HMS Queen Elizabeth will perform work vital to our national security.

‘The government must be upfront about readiness.’

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