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Royal Navy's largest ever vessel leaks: some 200 liters of water per hour

Tuesday, December 19th 2017 - 11:48 UTC
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The Royal Navy's new multi-billion pound aircraft carrier has a leak so big that hundreds of liters of seawater pour into it each hour which could cost millions to fix. HMS Queen Elizabeth reportedly has a major defect with the stern seal which surrounds its huge propeller shafts. Read full article


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  • Clyde15

    What is there to say! The defect was known but they decided to go on with the razzamatazz.
    At least we, the tax payers, will not be footing the bill.

    Before this we had the Daring Class Destroyer fiasco. Engines that can only work in cold water as the cooling systems cannot handle tropical seas.

    However, the USN Zumwalt had the same problem with its cooling systems.

    Dec 19th, 2017 - 12:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Voice

    Trouble is, today something like this happens and the knuckle draggers in the press are all over it on the internet with inane comments. The real scandal is why we need this ship, why we need two of them and why we have purchased ' finamcial black hole ' aircraft to go with them? Its an offensive weapon. We should only be spending on defensive weapons. We are not the worlds policeman and we dont need willy wavers.

    Dec 19th, 2017 - 02:12 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • darragh

    200 litres per hour - wow!!!! and how much water is generated by condensation??? and how much water would it take on in a heavy sea breaking over the decks??

    This is what ships have bilges and bilge pumps for.

    Dec 19th, 2017 - 02:54 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • El capitano 1

    FFS....It never fails....All these fountains of knowledge just cant help themselvs.....Anyone who has spent ANY time at sea are all to familiar with the “packing around the tail shaft” ......“weeping”...There was NEVER a vessel built that did'nt at some time or another have to deal with this....and YES..thats what bildge pumps are all about.....!

    Dec 19th, 2017 - 05:57 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • LEPRecon

    The Voice

    We require these vessels because the world is a dangerous place. It would be nice if everyone in the world lay down their weapons and hugged each other, but that is never going to happen.

    People have been sidetracked from the real threat by international terrorism, which is minor league stuff, yet the biggest threat to NATO and the UK is Russia and China. Therefore the UK needs to be able to project it's power beyond it's own borders, because waiting until the Russians are at the English Channel is far too late. We tried being defensive in 1939, and then the Germans just blitzkrieged the continent and lead to a protracted war that cost the estimated lives of over 50 million people worldwide.

    Putin and his ilk are only impressed by strength. Why do you think he's working so hard to destroy the USA by using his puppet Trump? So the UK needs to have serious weapons that can have a serious response to any move that Putin can make. And that means having the capability to project ourselves anywhere in the world. Because neither the Russians, the Chinese or the North Koreans are cutting back on their military spending...they're increasing it. And they're not increasing it on defensive weaponry but on offensive weaponry.

    So that is why we need aircraft carriers. That is why we need the most advanced aircraft. That is why we need a nuclear deterrent. That is why we need the most advanced destroyers, submarines etc... That is why we need the best tanks, artillery pieces and the best trained people in the world. And all of that costs money.

    On the day that humanity learns to live together in peace, I'll be the first to suggest that we dismantle our defences and start building kiddie creches and kidney machines. But I have a feeling I'll be long dead before that happens.

    Dec 19th, 2017 - 06:18 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Voice

    I bet this was the same first problem and identified a long time ago on the first sea trial...the mysterious problem with the propeller...
    Kept secret and only released now...
    I guessed there was more to it at the time...
    They probably ascertained they would need to put it back into dry dock at some point and couldn't hide that...

    Dec 19th, 2017 - 11:28 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Think

    Them Engrish should try USP 3,620,584...
    Works wonders on me new
    saltwater reels...;-)

    Dec 20th, 2017 - 01:09 am - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Clyde15

    I see that a new caisson manufactured in the Netherlands has been delivered to Portsmouth dry dock. Could it be that they could not bring the Q.E. in for repair until the arrival of this so they went on with the ceremonies as they could not face the embarrassment of having the vessel tied up awaiting remedial action.

    It will be fixed eventually. I hope the lesson will be learned for its sister ship under construction.

    Dec 20th, 2017 - 09:54 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • chronic

    Almost enough to take a good bath!

    Hell, I've had boats that leaked that much and were still very serviceable.

    Sounds like a shaft seal - thruster? - or a transducer port or similar.

    Dec 20th, 2017 - 05:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JFrench

    The question is why is this piece appearing in Mercopenguin, a British government propaganda organ supposedly devoted to America, South America and the “South Atlantic”?

    Dec 21st, 2017 - 03:32 am - Link - Report abuse -4
  • Clyde15


    What is your next Troll name ? Why not run it alphabetically. The next one should be
    JGuatemala, then JHonduras etc. I look forward to Q and X.

    Dec 21st, 2017 - 11:27 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Asha

    The question is why is this piece appearing in Mercopenguin, a British government propaganda organ supposedly devoted to America, South America and the “South Atlantic”?

    Dec 24th, 2017 - 03:55 am - Link - Report abuse -2
  • darragh

    The question is why don't you try looking at the menu where it states that one of the areas covered is 'International'. I'm well aware that you are a poorly educated American probably of Argentine descent but even you should be able to understand the meaning of the word. If not try looking it up in a dictionary, it starts with the letter 'I'. If you still can't work it out try asking one of your teachers.

    Dec 24th, 2017 - 11:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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