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State of the art aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth was flooded with 200 tons of water Daily Mai

August 23, 2019


State of the art aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth was flooded with 200 tons of water Daily Mai By and Published: 18:47 BST, 10 July 2019 | Updated: 18:54 BST, 10 July 2019 The leak onboard Britains largest and most powerful warship which caused it to return to port yesterday was far worst than initially feared, reports suggest. A burst pipe onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth, a £3.1 billion aircraft carrier, let in more than 200 tons of water and put it out of commission for the second time in just 19 months. Several decks were reportedly flooded after the salt water pipe burst putting at least three people at risk of drowning according to .  The force from the leaking pipe was so strong that a stairwell is understood to have been buckled by the high pressure jet of water.    HMS Queen Elizabeth pictured returning to Portsmouth Naval Base today, after departing to embark on five weeks of sea trials just last month Queen Elizabeth left Portsmouth Naval Base last month to embark on five weeks of sea trials and training before setting sail again to the US later this summer. But the aircraft carrier, which had been due to return to the Hampshire city later this week for a planned maintenance period, was forced to cut short the latest trials. All the water which was taken onboard has now reportedly been pumped back into the sea. The MoD later confirmed that no one was injured in the incident and the ships hull was not breached. A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Defence said: Following a minor issue with an internal system on HMS Queen Elizabeth, the ships company were required to remove a small volume of water from the ship. An investigation into the cause is under way. HMS Queen Elizabeth making her way into Portsmouth Harbour to the Naval Base in Hampshire, on Tuesday Evening pictured In December 2017 an issue with an inflatable rubber ring style seal around one of the propeller shafts led the ship to return to port for maintenance. During that incident it was reported the high tech vessel was taking on more than 200 litres of sea water an hour. At 280m 918ft long and with an estimated half a century working life, the behemoth is the biggest and most powerful ever built by the UK. Around 10,000 people worked on construction of the ship, made up in sections at yards around the UK and transported to Rosyth, Fife, where it was assembled.  This latest problem follows a number of other issues including a shaft seal leak which caused water to pour into the ship, and the accidental trigger of the sprinklers in the hangar. Cooke Priest, formerly Captain of the HMS Queen Elizabeth pictured with Prince Charles , quit the Royal Navy on July 4 following an inquiry into him using the ships Ford Galaxy for personal use At 280 metres long, with a lifespan of half a century and a flight deck of four acres, HMS Queen Elizabeth is Britains largest and most powerful warship ever built. Here are the facts and figures behind the vessel which was officially commissioned into the Royal Navy December 7, 2017 HMS Queen Elizabeth, pictured, weighs some 65,000 tonnes and has a top speed of 25 knots and a four acre flight deck The comments below have not been moderated. By posting your comment you agree to our . Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline? Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual. Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline? Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. Well ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook. You can choose on each post whether you would like it to be posted to Facebook. Your details from Facebook will be used to provide you with tailored content, marketing and ads in line with our . Published by Associated Newspapers Ltd Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday Metro Media Group

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