UK’s most powerful warship returns to port after leak

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Britain’s biggest and most powerful warship has returned to port early after there was a leak on board, according to the Ministry of Defence.

HMS Queen Elizabeth left Portsmouth Naval Base in June to embark on five weeks of trials and training before setting sail to the US later this summer.

But the £3.1bn aircraft carrier, which had been due to return to the city later this week for a planned maintenance period, was forced to cut its latest trials short.

It is understood there was no damage or breach to the hull, as water had leaked into – and been contained in – an internal compartment.

The water was pumped out and the vessel returned to Portsmouth as a precautionary measure after the problem was isolated and dealt with quickly on Tuesday.

A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman said: “Following a minor issue with an internal system on HMS Queen Elizabeth, the ship’s company were required to remove a small volume of water from the ship.

“An investigation into the cause is under way.”

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.

HMS Queen Elizabeth returns to port after leak on board

Britain’s biggest and most powerful warship has returned to port early after there was a leak on board, according to the Ministry of Defence. HMS Queen Elizabeth left Portsmouth Naval Base in June to embark on five weeks of trials and training before setting sail to the US later this summer.

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