Sailors are forced to abandon UK’s newest aircraft carrier after power cut causes blackout on board
- £3billion HMS Prince of Wales suffered power outage in Portsmouth harbour
- Sources blamed problem with generators and electrical back-up for incident
- Non-essential crew members had to spend night on HMS Queen Elizabeth
More than 100 sailors had to abandon Britain’s newest aircraft carrier after it suffered a blackout.
The £3billion HMS Prince of Wales suffered a power outage on Monday in Portsmouth harbour.
Sources blamed a problem with its generators and electrical back-up.
More than 100 sailors had to abandon HMS Prince of Wales (foreground) after it suffered a blackout in Portsmouth harbour. Background: HMS Queen Elizabeth
It was considered so significant that non-essential members of the 700-strong crew had to spend the night on their sister ship, HMS Queen Elizabeth.
Retired Commander and maritime expert, Mike Critchley, said: ‘Questions will be asked by the Navy how this happened. It sounds like quite a major incident. A ship without electricity isn’t a ship. These things should not happen.’
He added the weather was bad and could be to blame for the loss of power.
HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to go on its first deployment next year, with its sister ship following soon after.
Last night a Royal Navy spokesman said no one was injured during the power cut.
It was considered so significant that non-essential members of the 700-strong crew had to spend the night on their sister ship, HMS Queen Elizabeth (pictured)
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