The British HMS Prince of Wales aircraft carrier, the United Kingdom’s largest warship, broke down soon after leaving the Portsmouth port in southern England, UK media reports said.
The aircraft carrier, which was first launched in 2017, broke down shortly after setting sail from Portsmouth on Saturday afternoon.
“HMS Prince of Wales remains in the South Coast Exercise Area while conducting investigations into an emerging mechanical issue,” a Royal Navy spokesperson told UK Defense Journal, which was the first to report the breakdown.
The Royal Navy is now carrying out “investigations into an emerging mechanical issue,” a spokesperson said as quoted by The Guardian.
The USD 3.5-billion, 65,000-tonne warship was on its way for a four-month deployment to the United States when it broke down and now remains in the south coast exercise area near the Isle of Wight, the newspaper said.