The £3 billion warship broke down off the Isle of Wight in August after crusing from Portsmouth Naval Base to participate in flight trials and diplomatic visits within the US.
Inspections by divers and engineers discovered that the 33-ton starboard propeller – the identical weight as 30 Ford Fiesta vehicles – had malfunctioned, with a coupling holding it in place breaking.
The 65,000-tonne ship was introduced again to Portsmouth for additional examination by engineers from Babcock earlier than the choice was taken for it to journey to Rosyth, the place it was constructed, to bear the repairs in dry dock.
Work was persevering with through the weekend to take away the large propeller however it’s understood that this was not accomplished in time for the deliberate crusing on Monday afternoon.
Divers are persevering with to work on the ship however it’s not anticipated to sail, assisted by a tug, till a minimum of later this week due to a storm with heavy winds forecast on Wednesday.
The Navy has not commented on how lengthy the repairs are anticipated to take and the way lengthy HMS Prince of Wales shall be absent from its function as Nato flagship however it’s understood to be months slightly than weeks.
Its sister ship HMS Queen Elizabeth modified its autumn plans to journey to the US to take over a few of the deliberate engagements, together with internet hosting the Atlantic Future Discussion board in New York – a defence convention aimed toward strengthening UK and US bonds.
Rear Admiral Steve Moorhouse, director of Drive Technology, who’s answerable for ensuring Royal Navy ships are able to deploy, beforehand defined the fault suffered by HMS Prince of Wales.
He mentioned: “Royal Navy divers have inspected the starboard shaft of the ship and the adjoining areas they usually have confirmed there’s vital harm to the shaft on the propeller and a few superficial harm to the rudder however no harm to the remainder of the ship.
“Our preliminary evaluation has proven that coupling that joins the ultimate two sections of the shaft has failed.
“Now, that is a particularly uncommon fault and we proceed to pursue all restore choices.”