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UK’s newest, most expensive aircraft carrier needs repair

December 19, 2017

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2017 file photo, a view of aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. The British navy’s newest and most expensive aircraft carrier needs repairs after a faulty shaft seal was identified during sea trials, it was reported on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP, File)

LONDON (AP) — The British navy’s newest and most expensive aircraft carrier needs repairs after a faulty shaft seal was identified during sea trials.

Officials say the HMS Queen Elizabeth, which cost roughly 3 billion pounds ($4 billion) to build, will be “scheduled for repair” at Portsmouth.

Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said Tuesday the repairs wouldn’t be paid for by taxpayers because contractors who built the ship would be responsible.

A Royal Navy statement says the problem won’t prevent the ship from sailing or interfere with the extensive sea trials program underway.

Queen Elizabeth II earlier this month attended the commissioning ceremony of the carrier, which is named after the monarch.

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