A Royal Navy spokeswoman said, “HMS Prince of Wales remains in the South Coast Exercise Area while conducting investigations into an emerging mechanical issue.”
The carrier’s deck is 280 metres (918 feet) long—the length of three football pitches—and she can carry 36 F-35B Lightning jets and four Merlin helicopters.
The vessel had been due to leave Portsmouth on Friday but a technical issue delayed it for 24 hours.
Thousands of fans enjoying the Victorious music festival on Southsea Common had the added bonus of seeing the giant carrier sail past but it got no further than the Isle of Wight.
The £3 billion ($3.5 billion) ship was commissioned in 2019 but spent less than 90 days at sea in its first two years after being plagued by leaks, which flooded the engine room and damaged electrical systems.
‘Push the Boundaries of Uncrewed Technology’A Royal Navy spokesman said on Saturday: “HMS Prince of Wales will cross the Atlantic with her task group, ready to push the boundaries of uncrewed technology and the tactics used by the UK’s two new Queen Elizabeth-class carriers.
“Along with notable port stops in New York, Halifax in Canada, and the Caribbean, the next three months will see the Prince of Wales task group work closely with U.S. allies, operating F-35B jets and uncrewed systems which will define Royal Navy aviation of the future.”
Its sister ship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, which was commissioned in 2017, is due to deploy to the Mediterranean and the Baltic this autumn.
The ships were both built at Rosyth dockyard in Scotland, slotted together like giant jigsaw puzzles after different pieces were constructed in other parts of the country and floated up by sea.