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British Navy: Repair of the aircraft carrier "Prince of Wales" will not be completed before spring

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British Navy: Repair of the aircraft carrier "Prince of Wales" will not be completed before spring

British sources confirm the information that the deadlines for the completion of the repair of the Prince of Wales aircraft carrier will again have to be shifted. As it turns out, the contractor will not be able to meet the deadline, which means it will not be possible to carry out a complete repair of the warship, worth more than £3bn, before the spring of 2023.


British Navy official:

Repair of the aircraft carrier will not be completed until spring, as originally planned.

The repair is carried out due to the fact that HMS Prince of Wales broke down during her voyage to the United States for a "diplomatic visit". This visit was planned in August 2022 at the same time as a stage of sea trials. As a result, the visit did not take place, the tests were considered unsuccessful, since the British aircraft carrier lost speed near the Isle of Wight. A group of divers working at the site then found a broken clutch on the right propeller, which weighs about 33 tons.

An aircraft carrier with a displacement of 65 tons had to be towed back to the port of Plymouth, from which he did not depart even a couple of tens of nautical miles. In Plymouth, several stages of the study of the aircraft carrier by the engineers who designed it have already been carried out. The repair is being carried out in dry dock at the Babcock shipyard, where this huge ship was eventually moved.

At the moment, there is no exact information as to when exactly all the necessary repairs will be completed. But it is known that their value continues to grow.
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  1. Lech from Android.
    Lech from Android. 3 January 2023 08: 09
    +3
    Our unfortunate aircraft-carrying cruiser has an English brother in misfortune.
    1. Doccor18
      Doccor18 3 January 2023 08: 23
      +4
      Quote: Lech from Android.
      brother in misfortune.

      The fleet is too complex to allow large gaps in its design/building. Previous - Ark Royal was laid down thirty-one years before Queen Elizabeth...
      1. TermNachTer
        TermNachTer 3 January 2023 10: 30
        0
        In my opinion, the Britons have a problem not with long breaks. Type 45 destroyers also do not "get out" of repairs. there were times when out of 6, five were under repair or maintenance. Type 42 was also not a masterpiece. Let's see what comes out of projects 26 and 31.
      2. Bingo
        Bingo 3 January 2023 10: 57
        +1
        Quote: Doccor18
        The fleet is too complex to allow large gaps in its design/building. Previous - Ark Royal was laid down thirty-one years before Queen Elizabeth...

        I can't wait until the mattresses are finally completed by the simple blocks of the Vogtl nuclear power plant ... The last block of the nuclear power plant that is currently under construction was completed in the USA ... When is it there? In 1979? laughing
    2. Roma 1977
      Roma 1977 3 January 2023 08: 54
      +2
      The French were also not far behind with their constant breakdowns of new ships.
  2. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 3 January 2023 08: 16
    +5
    Interestingly, they call it a 33-ton clutch. Divers could only see the stern tube seal and the propeller. Only the propeller blades and the CPP drive break, but they are not 33 tons. not soon. Or are there izipods on the prince?
    1. tralflot1832
      tralflot1832 3 January 2023 08: 28
      +3
      I figured it out, one of these two "shells" behind the screw hiccupped. Now the question is what, there is nothing to break, except for plain bearings.
      Unfortunately, the English article does not open for me.
      1. Sharky
        Sharky 3 January 2023 10: 09
        +2
        Unfortunately, the English article does not open for me.

        This article says this:
        Moorhouse: 'Our initial assessment has shown that a coupling which joins the final two sections of the shaft has failed. Now, this is an extremely unusual fault and we continue to pursue all repair options. We are working to stabilize the shaft section and the propeller after which the ship will return to Portsmouth. The ship will then probably need to enter dry dock, as this will be the safest and quickest way to effect the repairs.'

        “Our initial assessment showed that the coupling that connects the last two sections of the shaft has failed. This is now a highly unusual failure and we continue to pursue all repair options. We are working on stabilizing the shaft section and propeller, after which the ship will return to Portsmouth. The ship will then probably need to drydock, as this will be the safest and fastest way to carry out repairs.”

        It turns out that they have the clutch between the last two sections of the propeller shaft taken overboard what. Or, when the propulsion plant stopped, they called divers to check the condition of the propeller. The divers did not find external damage and the crew continued to look for the cause on board. They found a faulty clutch, and the divers have already been dragged in for a red word.


        https://swzmaritime.nl/news/2022/09/05/hms-prince-of-wales-in-need-of-drydock-to-fix-propeller-shaft-hms-queen-elizabeth-to-fill-in/
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  4. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 3 January 2023 08: 30
    +2
    there is no exact information as to when exactly all the necessary repairs will be completed. But it is known that they cost continues to rise.
    The crisis is not only in the EU. feel
    1. Uncle lee
      Uncle lee 3 January 2023 09: 31
      0
      Quote: Mavrikiy
      Crisis

      The dock will flood, the crane will fall on the deck, a couple of fires will be extinguished - and it will come out like new! And it will go, but only in reverse and put a propeller from "Zaporozhets", and the engine from "Belarus" .... (in life and according to Khazanov)
  5. far diu
    far diu 3 January 2023 08: 30
    +1
    For Britain, once the mistress of the seas, a broken aircraft carrier is a disgrace.
    1. Sith
      Sith 3 January 2023 08: 51
      0
      She was the mistress of the seas in the First World War ... in the second she had already begun to surrender ... after that she became completely decrepit because the United States crushed them
      The question is more interesting than another ... why should such petty things be taken out to the public ... well, they repaired it and would repair it ...
      1. far diu
        far diu 3 January 2023 09: 06
        +1
        But there are still idiots who believe that THIS controls the USA. Yes, they can’t even build the only aircraft carrier without YaSU normally))
      2. TermNachTer
        TermNachTer 3 January 2023 10: 34
        +1
        An aircraft carrier is, after all, not a trifle))), especially since England has two of them)))
  6. parusnik
    parusnik 3 January 2023 08: 34
    +1
    British sources confirm the information that the deadlines for the completion of the repair of the Prince of Wales aircraft carrier will again have to be shifted.
    They are just like us.. smile
  7. mmaxx
    mmaxx 3 January 2023 08: 36
    +1
    Pushchay is being repaired for health and longer. Happy docking. Maybe another fireman will happen.
    1. far diu
      far diu 3 January 2023 08: 39
      0
      Fires at the end of the term are purely a feature of Russia
  8. rocket757
    rocket757 3 January 2023 09: 07
    +1
    British Navy: Repair of the aircraft carrier "Prince of Wales" will not be completed before spring
    And once dreadnoughts riveted like hot pirofki!