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HMS Prince of Wales: Sailors try to bail out Britain's newest £3.1bn aircraft carrier after it suffered ANOTHER leak

BRITAIN’S newest aircraft carrier – the £3.1billion HMS Prince of Wales – has flooded after springing the second major leak in just months.

Water at least a metre deep flooded an engine compartment onboard the 1,000-foot long ship.




Footage filmed by crew members shows water gushing down concrete stairs and submerging electrical cabinets.

The 65,000 tonne vessel, capable of carrying at least 40 aircraft and more than 1,000 sailors, is currently in dock at Portsmouth.

It's the second time the carrier has flooded in four months.

In footage of the flooding, one of the sailors can be heard saying: “That’s deep.

"Oh s***. That’s one metre above the floor.”

Sister ship HMS Queen Elizabeth had to cut sea trials short because of a leak in 2019.

Two years earlier in 2017, that ship – which is known as Big Liz – faced multi-million pound repairs after it was discovered that a faulty seal on a propeller shaft was letting in 200 litres of sea water an hour.

Separate footage from HMS Prince Wales showed water pouring through a ceiling in May and flooding a sailors' living quarters.





The latest leak is thought to have been caused by faulty pipework rather than a hull breach.

A source said it caused a “free flood” in a large compartment used to house electrical circuit boards and control panels.

"The engineering on the big pipes is questionable," a source said.

The Royal Navy refused to say if the repairs would derail the ship's training programme.

A spokesman said: “Following an issue with an internal system in HMS Prince of Wales, the ship’s company removed water from one of the ship’s compartments.

"No one was injured and an investigation into the cause of the issue is under way.”

The ship was unveiled by her namesake Prince Charles in 2017.

The Duchess of Cornwall carried out the naming ceremony which involved cutting a ribbon and smashing a 10-year-old bottle of whisky against the ship's hull.

In her speech, Camilla said: “I can boast six Admirals among my forebears, who fought with varying degrees of distinction for King and country throughout the 18th century.

"Naturally, however, my closest connection with our great Navy is through another Admiral, my husband, another Prince of Wales. So I already feel a particular affection for this ship.”

The leak onboard the Queen Elizabeth was discovered weeks after the ceremony on the HMS Prince of Wales.

The 65,000-ton, 932ft carrier, which had a crew of 700, was formally welcomed into the fleet by the Queen just two weeks before the flooding was found.

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