UK’s new aircraft carrier broke a propeller shaft, left for Rosyth

LONDON ($1=0.90 British Pounds) — The British aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales has sailed for Scotland for repairs. The reason is a mechanical failure in the right propeller shaft. According to experts, such a repair of such damage can be carried out in the ship’s dry dock, which is in Rosyth Dockyard, Scotland.

UK's new aircraft carrier broke a propeller shaft, left for Rosyth
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The damage is not from now, but from mid-August off the Isle of Wight. It was this damage that put the aircraft carrier out of action and London was forced to send the sister ship HMS Queen Elizabeth. Off the Isle of Wight, British and American sailors conducted joint training and operations, also involving F-35B Lightnings, MV-22 Osprey tiltrotors, and drones.

After being returned to Portsmouth HMS Prince of Wales was inspected by divers and expert naval architects and engineers from Babcock. Babcock is a British shipyard that is the executor of dozens of orders concerning the naval forces of Great Britain. The company also runs the shipyard at Rosyth.

In Scotland, the ship will also be inspected. Only then can more clarity be given about its stay in the dry dock. The goal, according to the aircraft carrier’s command, is to quickly return the ship back to military duty and operations. The starboard propeller shaft weighs 33 tons and has already been removed from the ship.

HMS Prince of Wales sails with a full crew to Scotland. There is no reason for the repair to interfere with training and crew training, Britain’s Ministry of Defense says. Part of the planned training concerns all the ship’s systems and the performance of the operational roles of each sailor.

HMS Prince of Wales

HMS Prince of Wales is a completely new British aircraft carrier. It was launched in 2017, and in 2019 the British Navy acquired it. Its displacement is over 65,000 tons. It is armed with three Phalanx CIWS, four 30mm DS30M Mk2 guns, and six M134 Minigun American 7.62×51mm NATO six-barrel rotary machine guns.

Currently, the ship carries up to 36 fifth-generation F-35 fighter jets and 14 helicopters. However, it is designed to carry at least 65 fighters and helicopters. Maximum cruising speed is 25 knots.

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