The UK Royal Navy (RN) is preparing a replacement warship to take over a high-profile operational deployment in the Middle East after one of its Type 45 destroyers suffered a major propeller shaft failure en route to its task.
HMS Diamond is now sailing back to its home port of Portsmouth on the southern English coast after one of its two shafts failed in the Mediterranean Sea earlier this month.
The GBP1 billion (USD1.3 billion) air defence destroyer was en route to the Gulf region as part of a nine month-long deployment when the issues with its propeller shaft were detected.
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