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Paint Problems For Royal Navy's New Aircraft Carrier

Divers found that the top coat of paint has not adhered to the undercoat.

The Royal Navy's aircraft carrier project dogged with technical issues is facing a new problem - the paint on one of the new carriers has not set properly.

It means yet more delays for the £6.2 billion programme.

Divers found that the top coat of paint has not adhered to the undercoat on HMS Queen Elizabeth, which is currently based in Rosyth.

It comes just days after a report by the National Audit Office warned that the project may not be ready by its 2020 deadline.

F35-B Lightning II at RAF Fairford
HMS Queen Elizabeth will carry the next-generation F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters

A Royal Navy spokesperson said:

"There are areas of the hull of HMS Queen Elizabeth where the top-coat of paint has not adhered to the undercoat.

"We have worked with our suppliers to find out the reasons why and are putting in place a process to bring this to the right standard ahead of sea trials."

HMS Queen Elizabeth Shipshape And Almost Ready
The two Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers are expected to have a lifespan of 50 years
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