An Aircraft Carrier Named After Queen Elizabeth Has Sprung A Very Costly Leak
The Royal Navy's newest aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth departs Portmouth dockyard on October 30, 2017 in Portsmouth, England. Crowds of people gathered along the seafront to see the Royal Navy's £3 billion flagship aircraft carrier depart its home port for the first time for the second set of month long sea trials.Matt Cardy/Getty Images
December 19th, 2017
The largest ship Britain has ever built has a leak.
This leak, which was discovered during sea trials, is not a serious — i.e. sinking — problem, but could be costly to repair. The faulty seal allows 200 liters of water (about the amount it takes to fill a standard bathtub) into the hull every hour that then has to be pumped back out of the 64,000 tonne craft.
A picture shows the commissioning cake with figures and scenes on it made by David Duncan for the Commissioning Ceremony to be attended by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal, to official commission the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth at HM Naval Base in Portsmouth, southern England on December 7, 2017. Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, attended the Commissioning Ceremony of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy. Following the traditions of the Royal Navy, during the course of the ceremony the commissioning cake will be cut by the Captain's wife and the youngest member of the Ship's Company.Chris Jackson/AFP/Getty Images
The HMS Queen Elizabeth was built by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a grouping of British engineering companies BAE Systems and Babcock along with the United Kingdom division of the French Thales.