The aircraft carrier will return to sea after repairs to fix flooding damage are concluded.
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, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2020 to Question 126964 on HMS Prince of Wales: Repairs and Maintenance, what estimate he has made of the cost of the repairs.”
Jeremy Quin, Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence, responded:
“The estimated incremental cost of the repair work is £3.3 million.”
“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.”
The carrier is currently alongside in Portsmouth where she is expected to remain whilst repairs are made. Her long-planned deployment to the United States to undertake her first F-35B trials has unfortunately been cancelled as a result of the flooding damage.