Published On: Sat, Aug 15th, 2020

Royal Navy humiliated as £100million patrol ship breaks down | UK | News

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HMS Trent was due to join a Nato mission hunting terrorist and people-traffickers but was forced to make a u-turn on Thursday. The 90-metre warship was dragged back into port by a pair of tugs. A source said: “This is like a brand new Range Rover Sport breaking down on the way home from the showroom.”

The ship was commissioned on August 3, setting sail the same day, following a socially-distanced ceremony in Portsmouth.

She reached Gibraltar six days later however, the problems began on Wednesday when she set sail a second time.

However, the 1,700-tonne ship ended up being at sea for less than 12 hours.

The source told The Sun: “Gibraltar was HMS Trent’s first ever port of call. She was on her way to eastern Med when something went wrong at sea.

She was due to head into the Mediterranean to join Operation Sea Guardian. Only two-thirds of the ship’s company are on board at any time while operational.

These vessels are designed to accommodate more people and conduct helicopter operations. They are also faster and more heavily armed than the predecessors.

It has a 40-strong crew and can accommodate up to 50 troops.

When the ship set sail, the crew were hailed for turning it from a newly constructed vessel to a capable warship “faster than any other in the Royal Navy’s recent memory”.

It’s not the first time a Royal Navy ship has experienced issues just days into service. Last year the Navy’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth was forced to return to port because she was leaking.

The Navy’s new £1billion destroyers have also had engine problems, with HMS Dauntless managing just six days at sea in 2016 before needing a major engine refit.



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