UK’s new aircraft carrier cost £3.1bn – you’d have thought they’d make it watertight

Cartoonist Patrick Blower comments on Theresa May’s leaking aircraft carrier.

We have been in this situation before.

Remember the fantastic new Type 45 destroyers whose engines stopped whenever they went into battle? The broken backbone of the British fleet, This Writer called them.

It cost the UK many millions of pounds to rectify the faults, that were built into foreign-made equipment.

Hopefully it won’t cost as much to fix a faulty seal – but you never know.

These ships were commissioned by Conservatives, and they don’t understand the value of money when they’re spending it on their toys.

The UK’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is leaking because of a faulty seal.

The Royal Navy’s future flagship, which was commissioned by the Queen earlier this month in Portsmouth, has a problem with one of its propeller shafts.

The fault on the £3.1bn carrier was first identified during sea trials.

A Royal Navy spokesman said the ship was scheduled for repair and the fault did not prevent it from sailing again early in the new year.

According to the Sun newspaper, HMS Queen Elizabeth has been taking on up to 200 litres of sea water every hour because of the fault.

BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale said the problem was “highly embarrassing” for the Royal Navy and just one of a number of snags still to be rectified.

Source: HMS Queen Elizabeth: Leak found on new aircraft carrier – BBC News

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2 thoughts on “UK’s new aircraft carrier cost £3.1bn – you’d have thought they’d make it watertight

  1. Sue

    The ship is on 2 years sea trials. That time is needed to fix any issues. The leak is incredibly small and will be fixed by the builders. I’m not sure why this is news? It’s standard practice. I have no objections to slagging off this vile govt but we need to be careful that it is justified or it may backfire.

  2. rotzeichen

    The war machine has everything to do with politics and little else. In the past we bought American fighter planes and completely ripped out the electrical systems because they were not as reliable as our own, what will happen we we no longer produce things for ourselves at all, meaning relying completely on foreign countries for everything?

    It beggars belief that people are so gullible and to accept without question the need buy in strategically important equipment that our security relies on. Computers for example, the stupid Tories sold off our computer industry saying we can buy cheaper on the world markets, then wonders why it so easy to hack into secure sites. The mind boggles at how stupid free market enthusiasts have not only destroyed our manufacturing base, but put all our lives at risk from equipment that could be programmed to undermine our security. People just don’t think anymore.

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