The Royal Navy’s new leak

USS Gerald Ford. The US’s biggest aircraft carrier. Also the only one better than our HMS Queen Elizabeth

So after 8 long years and £3.1 Billion the UK now has one of its two air craft carriers. However the HMS Queen Elizabeth has been found to have sprung a leak during sea trials. The ship was only commissioned earlier this month by the Royal Navy and has been hailed as our most advanced warship to date. The Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers come second only to America’s Nimitz class carriers.

The leak on the ship doesn’t sound like an easily fixable one either. According to the Sun the leak is letting in 200 litres of water every hour. Furthermore it would cost millions of pounds to fix.

The good thing about this is that the bill to fix the leak is going to be footed by the contractors that built the ship, which is mainly BAE systems.


HMS Queen Elizabeth

In my opinion it is being played down by a hell of a lot of people when in reality its a major fault that should be an embarrassment to the government and the ship builders that made it.

For example Chris Parry, a former senior Royal Navy officer has said ‘Every ship takes on water. That’s why you have pumps’. Fair enough, every ship does take on water, but 200 litres of water every hour seems a bit too much to be just shrugged off, especially when its going to cost millions of pounds to be fixed.

It’s also that much of an issue, that its being investigated whether its sister ship, the HMS Prince of Wales, has the same problem. This means that it is possibly a design flaw, or someone seems to think it could be.


If this is the case then this definitely isn’t something that should be shrugged off after it costing over £3 Billion.

The repair is said to be taken place in the new year and is expected to take a few days. I guess it’s not the worst fault the ship could have after everything. Over 10,000 people worked on the construction of the ship during the eight years, at ship building yards up and down the country. From Govan and Scotstoun in Glasgow, to Cammell Laird in Liverpool and Appledore in Devon. The ship was finally assembled in Rosyth, Fife, before sailing to Portsmouth.

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