File - In this Aug. 16, 2017 file photo, a view of aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP, File)
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Britain's biggest-ever warship, the new 3.1 billion pound ($4.2 billion) aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, has a leak and needs repairs, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday. The 65,000-ton ship, hailed as Britain's most advanced military vessel and which was only officially commissioned by the queen two weeks ago, has an issue with a shaft seal which was identified during sea trials, the Defense Ministry said.The Sun newspaper reported that the 280-meter warship, the nation's future flagship vessel, was letting in 200 liters of water every hour and the fix would cost millions of pounds.The Aircraft Carrier Alliance – a consortium including British engineering companies BAE Systems and Babcock, and the U.K. division of France's Thales – built the Queen Elizabeth and its sister aircraft carrier, the HMS Prince of Wales, as part of a 6.2 billion pound project.
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