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UK NewsLeak probe launched on Big Lizzie! Navy investigate after Britain's largest warship is forced to limp back into port when water was found sloshing around inside

04:35  10 july  2019
04:35  10 july  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Navy investigate after Britain ' s largest warship is forced to limp back into port when water was found sloshing around inside . HMS Queen Elizabeth left Portsmouth Naval Base last month to embark on trials. But the ship was forced to return after the £3.1 billion aircraft carrier had a leak .

Navy investigate after Britain ’ s largest warship is forced to limp back into port when water was found sloshing around inside . HMS Queen Elizabeth left Portsmouth Naval Base last month to embark on trials. But the ship was forced to return after the £3.1 billion aircraft carrier had a leak .

Leak probe launched on Big Lizzie! Navy investigate after Britain's largest warship is forced to limp back into port when water was found sloshing around inside © PA Wire/PA Images HMS Queen Elizabeth, the UK's newest aircraft carrier, arrives in Portsmouth for the first time. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)

Britain's biggest and most powerful warship ever built has sprung a leak and has returned to port, putting it out of commission for the second time in 19 months.

HMS Queen Elizabeth left Portsmouth Naval Base last month to embark on five weeks of sea trials and training before setting sail again to the US later this summer.

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But the £3.1 billion aircraft carrier, which had been due to return to the Hampshire city later this week for a planned maintenance period, was forced to cut short the latest trials.

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A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Defence said: 'Following a minor issue with an internal system on HMS Queen Elizabeth, the ship's company were required to remove a small volume of water from the ship.

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Leak probe launched on Big Lizzie! Navy investigate after Britain's largest warship is forced to limp back into port when water was found sloshing around inside

'An investigation into the cause is underway.'

It is understood there was no damage or breach to the hull, with the situation caused by water which leaked into and was then contained in an internal compartment.

Leak probe launched on Big Lizzie! Navy investigate after Britain's largest warship is forced to limp back into port when water was found sloshing around inside © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited HMS Queen Elizabeth making her way into Portsmouth Harbour to the Naval Base in Hampshire, on Tuesday Evening (pictured)

With the problem dealt with and isolated quickly, the water was pumped out and the vessel returned to Portsmouth as a precautionary measure following the incident on Tuesday.

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This latest problem follows a number of other issues including a shaft seal leak which caused water to pour into the ship, and the accidental trigger of the sprinklers in the hangar.

Leak probe launched on Big Lizzie! Navy investigate after Britain's largest warship is forced to limp back into port when water was found sloshing around inside © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited HMS Queen Elizabeth pictured returning to Portsmouth Naval Base today, after departing to embark on five weeks of sea trials just last month

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