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HMS Prince of Wales: Repairs and Maintenance

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 48264, tabled on 6 September 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the nature is of the defect that recently affected HMS Prince of Wales; and what the timetable is for rectifying that issue.

Answered on

20 September 2022

Shortly after HMS PRINCE OF WALES (PWLS) sailed on 27 August, a mechanical fault was discovered with the starboard shaft. Our initial assessment has revealed that a coupling which joins the final two sections of the shaft has failed. This is a very unusual fault, and we continue to pursue all repair options. It is too early to say what the timetable is for rectifying the issue.

While PWLS has a Senior Marine Engineering Officer who reports to the Captain, responsibility for the safety and material state of any warship lies with her Commanding Officer.