(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE BRITISH NEWS PAPER ‘THE SUN’)
THE Royal Navy’s new £3.1billion aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has a leak so serious it may need to go back into dry dock — for repairs that will cost millions.
A faulty seal around one of the vast warship’s propeller shafts means 200 litres of sea water pour in every hour.
Insiders said there is a “significant” defect with the stern seal, an inflatable rubber ring that fits around one of the propeller shafts.
The problem was spotted during sea trials.
Top Brass are furious because the carrier, the UK’s largest ever warship, had the fault when it was delivered by ship building partnership the Aircraft Carrier Alliance.
That means the manufacturers will have to pay for the repairs, not the Ministry of Defence.