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Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales, a NATO flagship, reportedly broke down after setting sail for a four-month deployment to the United States.

As of Sunday, the $ 3.5 billion ship remains anchored near the Isle of Wight as officials tackle a mechanical problem.

A photo of the HMS Prince of Wales docked near the harbor.
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The HMS Prince of Wales, first launched in 2017, broke down shortly after setting sail from Portsmouth on Saturday afternoon.

“The HMS Prince of Wales remains in the south coast exercise area while investigating an emerging mechanical problem,” a Royal Navy spokesperson told the UK Defense Journal, who was the first to report the fault.

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Sources told the outlet that divers were sent to investigate the problem and reported damage to the propeller shaft.

The aircraft carrier is expected to remain at anchor for a few days during repairs. She will then resume the voyage to North America, where the ship’s crew will train alongside their counterparts in the United States and Canada.

“Taking the HMS Prince of Wales Working Group across the Atlantic for the remainder of this year will not only push the boundaries of UK transport operations but will strengthen our close working relationship with our closest ally,” Commanding Officer Captain Richard Hewitt said in a statement.

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He added: “From using the F35 Lightning and drones to hosting the Atlantic Future Forum, none of this would be possible without the efforts of the extraordinary sailors aboard, many of whom are on their first deployment with the Royal Navy.” .

Fox News has contacted the Royal Air Force for updates.

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