HMS Queen Elizabeth will not be leaving Portsmouth today after a software glitched caused the hangar sprinkler system to turn on.
The fault is now understood to have been repaired.
We understand that the system turned on after a computer system ‘restart test’. With multiple sources reporting that
Captain Kydd would be ‘unhappy to sail with fault in fire suppression system.’
A Royal Navy spokesperson said:
“We can confirm that following a routine exercise alongside, the fire warning system was inadvertently triggered on-board HMS Queen Elizabeth and some sprays activated, but she remains on track with her trials programme.”
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HMS Queen Elizabeth will sail from her home port for rotary wing trials at sea in the next day or so, where she will undergo deck trials with Royal Navy Merlin helicopters.
Lieutenant Commander Jim Cobbett said:
“The Merlins of 820 NAS are old friends of ours. The Squadron was the first rotary Unit to embark with us up in Scotland when we came out of build. These Sea Acceptance Trials (Air) or ‘SAT (Air)’ has proved the ship’s aircraft services are ready for action with a live helicopter and that everything functions correctly.
Introducing the Ship to aviation and aviation to the Ship is all part of the learning structure we are going through. We are taking it slowly at first before we embark whole squadrons of rotary and fixed wing aircraft.”
HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to start fixed-wing flight trials with three or more F-35Bs off the eastern coast of the US around September this year. A fantastic info-graphic created by SaveTheRoyalNavy can be found here and details the timeline of the programme.