LONDON (AP) — The British navy’s newest and most expensive aircraft carrier needs repairs after a faulty shaft seal was identified during sea trials.
Officials say the HMS Queen Elizabeth, which cost roughly 3 billion pounds ($4 billion) to build, will be “scheduled for repair” at Portsmouth.
Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said Tuesday the repairs wouldn’t be paid for by taxpayers because contractors who built the ship would be responsible.
A Royal Navy statement says the problem won’t prevent the ship from sailing or interfere with the extensive sea trials program underway.
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Queen Elizabeth II earlier this month attended the commissioning ceremony of the carrier, which is named after the monarch.