It has been confirmed that the aircraft carrier “will be ready” for her planned return to operations by May this year.
In May 2020, Prince of Wales experienced flooding which the Royal Navy described (at the time) as “minor”.
This was followed by more “significant” flooding in October 2020 which caused damage to her electrical cabling. The damage was so bad that the ship was unable to sail to America for training.
She is currently alongside in Portsmouth unable to deploy until repairs are completed.
Minister for Defence Procurement Jeremy Quin confirmed the costs of the works in response to a written Parliamentary question from the Labour MP for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan.
“The estimated incremental cost of the repair work is £3.3 million. Remedial work being conducted on both Queen Elizabeth-class carriers to help prevent a repetition of this event is expected to cost £2.2m.”
When will the vessel be ready for operations?
James Heappey, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence, recently stated:
“I can confirm that HMS PRINCE OF WALES will be ready for her planned return to operations by May 2021, when she will undertake activities in UK waters prior to her commencing NATO Command duties in 2022.”