Royal Navy warships face pricey work after power problems

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Posted: Jan 29, 2016 5:41 AM
Royal Navy warships face pricey work after power problems

LONDON (AP) — The British military says some of the Royal Navy's most sophisticated warships will have to undergo major refurbishment because they keep breaking down.

The Ministry of Defense says the six Type 45 destroyers will get "a series of machinery upgrades" after incidents in which the 1 billion-pound ($1.4 billion) vessels lost power at sea.

In 2014, HMS Dauntless had to abandon a training exercise and in 2009 HMS Daring lost power in the Atlantic on her first voyage to the U.S.Officials have not disclosed the cost of the refit, which will involve drilling holes in the ships' hulls to gain access to the engine room and install new generators.

Lord West, a former head of the navy, said Friday that it would be tens of millions of pounds.