A SCOTTISH built Navy warship is reportedly out of action until spring because it is being repaired after a breakdown.

The HMS Prince of Wales, built at Rosyth Dockyard, broke down off the coast of the Isle of Wight when its propeller malfunctioned and taken to Portsmouth Harbour.

The ship was returned to Rosyth in October and the Royal Navy have now confirmed the boat will remain there for repairs until the spring.

A spokesperson told Portsmouth’s local paper The News: “Repairs to HMS Prince of Wales starboard shaft are expected to be completed by spring 2023.

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“The ship will then return to Portsmouth for a pre-planned maintenance period.”

The paper reports that the issue with the ship is not “class-related” meaning that its sister ship the HMS Queen Elizabeth, also built at the Fife shipyard, will remain in action.

Once repairs are completed the Navy is said to expect the ship to return to service as soon as possible.

The News reported that the ship’s company were on leave over Christmas and that most will remain attached to the warship while it is in for repairs.

It had been planned for the ship to host the Atlantic Future Forum defence conference in New York last year before it broke down.