New Royal Navy warship worth £100m breaks down just days into maiden voyage

The newest Royal Navy warship, HMS Trent which is worth £100 million has broken down just days into its maiden voyage.

It broke down at sea and had to be dragged back after its engine failed, reports The Sun.

HMS Trent embarked on its maiden voyage to join a Nato mission – however was forced back to the port on Thursday.

A source said: “This is like a brand new Range Rover Sport breaking down on the way home from the showroom.”

The 90-metre warship set sail on August 3 from Portsmouth after a ceremony.

In six days, it reached Gibraltar where it stayed for three days according to the outlet.

However, when she was about to embark on her second sail – problems began to arise.

Within 12 hours the crew faced issues forcing the captain to order her to return.

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

"The captain turned her round. They managed to get back to the Bay of Gibraltar under their own steam but then they called out the tugs to help her into the harbour.

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“Patrol vessels are nimble ships and it was a really calm day. She shouldn’t need tugs to berth.”

This week it was also reported the Brit Royal Navy has committed to deploying autonomous robots for use as underwater surveillance machines.

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Officials renewed and expanded its agreement for the underwater survey with the National Oceanography which it hopes will enhance the Navy’s capabilities.

Both partners will continue to collaborate in trials and testing of marine autonomous systems and sensors to gather information.

It is hoped the agreement will lead to wider use of unmanned underwater vehicles and continue their development – making more agile working models.

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