Both Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers are to undergo “remedial work” to prevent a repetition of events that caused flooding damage to HMS Prince of Wales.
In May 2020, HMS Prince of Wales experienced flooding which the Royal Navy described as “minor”. This was followed by more significant flooding in October 2020 which caused damage to her electrical cabling.
Stephen Morgan, Shadow Minister for Defence, asked:
“To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress his Department is making on repairing HMS Prince of Wales after its second flooding incident in October 2020; and if he will make a statement.”
Jeremy Quin, Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence, responded:
“HMS PRINCE OF WALES will return to sea in May 2021 to commence preparations for her next planned operational tasking. This underway period will take the form of activities in UK waters prior to her undertaking NATO Command duties in 2022.”
Discussing the recent repair efforts, Quin also said:
“Repairs of the damage caused by floodwater in the engine room of HMS PRINCE OF WALES are progressing as planned. The Ship’s Company is conducting concurrent preparations for their programme of at sea training activity in 2021 which precede her operational commitments.”
Additionally, he stated:
“Remedial work being conducted on both Queen Elizabeth Class Carriers to help prevent a repetition of this event is expected to cost £2.2 million.”