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