A sprinkler system on board HMS Queen Elizabeth has been “inadvertently triggered”, the Royal Navy have revealed.
It was confirmed earlier that the carrier would not be leaving Portsmouth today to continue its sea trials.
The largest and most powerful ship ever built for the Royal Navy, HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived back home last November after conducting “successful sea trials”.
Video footage leaked online (no pun intended) shows water spraying downwards from a section of the hangar.
It is understood the misfiring sprinklers were quickly isolated, the water stopped and cleared, and that some damage was caused in the hangar but not to the rest of the ship.
Believed to have happened on Sunday, it comes weeks after the aircraft carrier was found to have a leaking stern seal, which has now been resolved after repair work.
In response to the sprinkler incident, a Royal Navy spokesman said:
“We can confirm that following a routine exercise alongside, the fire warning system was inadvertently triggered on-board HMS Queen Elizabeth and some sprays activated, but she remains on track with her trials programme.”