Published On: Sat, Mar 9th, 2024

Royal Navy embarrassment as HMS Queen Elizabeth ‘catches fire’ while waiting for repairs | UK | News

The ‘s flagship aircraft carrier the HMS Queen Elizabeth has reportedly caught fire while awaiting repairs at a UK port.

The carrier was awaiting repairs at port in Glenmallan, Scotland, when it caught fire earlier today, suffering damage during what a spokesman for the military branch said was a “minor” incident.

The fire caused zero fatalities or injuries, a source aboard the ship told the UK Defence Journal, and is now all but “over with”.

The source reported “minor fire damage”, with onboard ordinance left untouched by the flames.

A spokesman for the navy has confirmed the isolated fire has since been extinguished.

The spokesperson said: “A minor, isolated fire on HMS Queen Elizabeth was quickly brought under control and extinguished.”

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence added that the Navy is now working with local authorities to establish the cause.

The MoD said: “The fire was quickly brought under control. No reported injuries and no ordnance was involved in the incident.

“RN is working with Scottish Fire and Rescue to establish the cause of the fire.”

The HMS Queen Elizabeth was stationary at Glenmallan port when it caught fire, having arrived at the base after it suffered a “mechanical issue”.

Navy personnel discovered the issue while the ship participated in the largest NATO exercise since the end of the Cold War.

The aircraft carrier was preparing for the Steadfast Defender, a joint exercise coordinated by the all 32 of the organisation’s members and involving over 90,000 troops.

Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Andrew Burns said it would not sail after pre-sailing checks discovered a coupling issue before the mission was due to start on February 4.

He said: “Routine pre-sailing checks yesterday identified an issue with a coupling on HMS Queen Elizabeth’s starboard propeller shaft. As such, the ship will not sail on Sunday.

“HMS Prince of Wales will take the place of HMS Queen Elizabeth on NATO duties and will set sail for Exercise Steadfast Defender as soon as possible.“

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