Big Lizzie Gets Sick: The Royal Navy's flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, postpones sailing from Portsmouth base after crew members test positive for Covid-19
- Up to nine crew members of the ship tested positive for coronavirus
- Around 100 other crew members isolate themselves on board and are tested again
- The ship was supposed to set sail to work with a NATO working group of other warships
The Royal Navy's aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has postponed sailing from Portsmouth Naval Base after a number of crew members tested positive for Covid-19, the Department of Defense has confirmed.
Around 100 other crew members isolate on board because they have come into contact with positive cases.
Infected crew members have been removed from the ship and continue to be isolated.
The Royal Navy's aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has postponed sailing from Portsmouth Naval Base after a number of crew members tested positive for Covid-19, the Department of Defense has confirmed
The £ 3 billion warship was due to leave the historic Portsmouth shipyard this afternoon for training exercises, but the departure was suspended at the last moment.
A Defense Ministry spokesman confirmed that "fewer than 10" members of the 1,000-strong crew had tested positive for the coronavirus and were brought ashore to be isolated in barracks.
Other seafarers who have had contact with their infected crewmembers will isolate on board the 65,000-tonne vessel that is expected to leave Portsmouth as early as Tuesday.
It's the second time the airline has had to postpone its sailing after two crew members tested positive for Covid-19 in April.
The aircraft carrier, currently in Portsmouth, postponed its sail by 24 hours after up to nine of its crew members tested positive for coronavirus
A Royal Navy spokesman said: "A small number of employees on HMS Queen Elizabeth have tested positive for Covid during routine preparation for sailing.
& # 39; Those affected have been isolated and are working with the NHS test and trace system to make sure the virus does not spread any further.
"The crew will continue to follow appropriate health guidelines and HMS Queen Elizabeth will depart once her status is confirmed."
The spokesman said it would be up to the airline's commanding officer, Captain Angus Essenhigh, to decide when to sail, who will act under the guidance of the PHE.
The airline is expected to conduct training drills at sea before returning to base to gather supplies before embarking on key international exercises, including the first-time embarkation of US and UK F35 Lightning jets.
It is intended to declare eligibility for strike promotion later this year before the first operational deployment in 2021.
Around 100 other crew members isolate on board because they have come into contact with positive cases
Infected crew members have been removed from the ship and continue to be isolated
A number of British and American F-35B stealth jets will also be on board the carrier in the largest cohort of jets seen on a British warship for more than a decade.
American Airmen from the US Marine Corps came to RAF Marham last week to prepare for the role.
The Queen Elizabeth will be deployed on her first operational mission early next year, which she will travel around the world.
Her sister ship, the HMS Prince of Wales, is expected to take over her first operational mission in 2023.