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HMS Prince of Wales: Crew

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 48265, tabled on 6 September 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who the senior engineering officer is of HMS Prince of Wales.

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.