Plans to deploy HMS Queen Elizabeth on her latest training exercise have been put back by 24 hours because of a coronavirus outbreak.
The £3 billion warship was set to leave Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on Monday afternoon for training exercises but the departure was put on hold at the last moment.
A Ministry of Defence spokesman confirmed that “fewer than 10” members of the 1,000-strong crew had tested positive for the coronavirus and had been taken ashore to be put into isolation in barracks.
Other sailors who had contact with their infected crew-mates will isolate on board the 65,000 tonne ship which is expected to leave Portsmouth as soon as Tuesday.
The Royal Navy flagship is due to take part in a NATO exercise with other warships.