Fixing Navy’s leaky aircraft carriers to cost £5.5m after HMS Prince of Wales left stranded by major floods

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FIXING the Navy's leaky aircraft carriers will cost £5.5million.

The Sun revealed how a burst fire main blew the electric propulsion system on HMS Prince of Wales, leaving her stranded in Portsmouth for a year.

Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales

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Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Prince of WalesCredit: PA:Press Association

It was the second major flood caused by dodgy plumbing this year.

The 65,000 tonne ship was due to sail to America to train with F-35 jets but the voyage had to be cancelled while engineers fix miles of high voltage cables.

Defence Minister Jeremy Quin said the repairs would cost £3.3million.

Another £2.2million is being spent on fixing leaky pipes on HMS Prince of Wales and her sister ship HMS Queen Elizabeth, to stop it happening again.

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*Stephen Morgan, Shadow armed forces Minister, said: *“We all want to see HMS Prince of Wales operational again as soon as possible.

“It’s vital that our nation’s military assets are ready to face whatever comes.”

HMS Prince of Wales sprang a leak in May

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HMS Prince of Wales sprang a leak in May

She was still in dock at Portsmouth

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She was still in dock at Portsmouth

The repairs on the ship will cost £3.3million

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The repairs on the ship will cost £3.3million

Britain's newest aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, has sprung a leak and flooded while she is still in dock at Portsmouth

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