The newly-launched warship HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak, it has been revealed.More news: Dense Fog Advisory in effect for Charlotte area, 'unseasonably' warm day
A Royal Navy statement says the problem won't prevent the ship from sailing or interfere with the extensive sea trials program underway.
"Our new aircraft carrier is the epitome of British design and dexterity, at the core of our efforts to build an Armed Forces fit for the future", British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said at the queen Elizabeth's commissioning.More news: William is set to MISS part of Harry's wedding
Around 10,000 people worked on construction of the ship, made up in sections at yards around the United Kingdom and transported to Rosyth, Fife, where it was assembled.
It said the problem would be rectified in the new year, a process expected to take a few days. "This is something that work is now ongoing to deal with", he said.
The company said: "It is normal practice for a volume of work and defect resolution to continue following vessel acceptance".
Speaking to the BBC, Rear Admiral Chris Parry, who was a former director of operational capability at the Ministry of Defence, described the headlines as "very embarrassing" but "in reality is no big deal".More news: Steyn, De Villiers and Philander ready for Test returns
"Every ship, to tell you the truth, takes on water".