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HMS Prince of Wales breaks down one day after leaving Portsmouth

This picture shows UK’s HMS Prince of Wales, NATO’s flagship aircraft carrier, leaving Portsmouth on August 27, 2022.

The United Kingdom’s biggest warship has suffered "an emerging mechanical issue” off the British south coast shortly after setting sail for the United States.

HMS Prince of Wales broke down just one day after departing from Portsmouth, a spokesperson for the Royal Navy said on Sunday.

The 65,000-tonne 930-foot warship dropped anchor in the south coast exercise area near the Isle of Wight as the Royal Navy conducted “investigations into an emerging mechanical issue,” the spokesperson said.

The Royal Navy declined to comment further on why the £3bn Royal Navy aircraft carrier broke down pending further investigation into the issue.

Divers inspecting the carrier from under have reported damage to a propeller shaft, according to the Navy Lookout news site.

During its two years in service, the warship has suffered a slew of issues, including leaking repeatedly, reportedly spending less than 90 days at sea.

The warship was scheduled to take a four-month tour across the Atlantic with its crew of 1,600, stopping in Halifax, Canada as well as in New York and the Caribbean.

The warship was scheduled to take part in joint military exercises with the US and Canada, which included F-35B jets and uncrewed systems.

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