Invalidates the guarantee that does, all that salt water:
Taxpayers will have to foot the bill to refit warships that break down in the Persian Gulf when the water becomes too warm, because they are ‘out of warranty’.
The Ministry of Defence said the ‘arduous’ conditions that made the £1billion Type 45 Destroyers ‘degrade catastrophically’ were not covered by the guarantee.
Engines on the six warships fail because the intercooler units, which reduce heat from the exhaust, slow down in warm waters, leaving the engine unable to generate enough power.
The, err, Persian Gulf is one of the more likely places that the Royal Navy will have to work in, no? We’ve been working there for what, century and a half? No, more, given India and Suez.
So some idiot signed off on a design that doesn’t work there?