On October 15, the British Navy’s HMS Prince of Wales (R09) suffered a serious water leakage accident. According to British media reports on the 7th, the accident caused the aircraft carrier to be unable to leave the port until May next year and will miss the planned exercise to the United States this year.
According to the details recently disclosed by the British Daily Mail and other media, following a leak in the ship’s officer and soldier living area in May, on October 15, the fire chief of the aircraft carrier Prince of Wales burst, causing thousands of gallons of seawater in the tube to flood into the cabin, and more than 24 equipment, including the distribution box, was immersed. In hours, the high-voltage power system was seriously damaged.
Sources said that authorities are assessing the damage to the miles-long cable on the ship, and the repair work will take months and cost millions of pounds, which means that the ship will not be able to leave Portsmouth by May 2021 The Prince of Wales had a water leak in May this year.
What’s more embarrassing is that the aircraft carrier Prince of Wales was supposed to go to the United States this year to carry out an exercise on the F-35 carrier-based aircraft. According to sources, the officers and soldiers of the ship have been preparing for this exercise for several years, but due to the two leakage accidents, the aircraft carrier Prince of Wales will be absent from this important exercise and training. Practice.
It is worth mentioning that the current serious damage of the ship is quite different from the British army’s previous external statements on the ship’s two water leakage accidents.
In response to the water leakage accident in May, the captain of Queen Elizabeth, another British carrier, once called the water leakage of the warship a “weekly problem” that would not affect the safety of the warship. In a recent interview with The Sun, the British navy also said that the accident would “do not have a long-term impact on the performance of the Prince of Wales”.