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The Royal Navy’s flagship plane provider the HMS Queen Elizabeth has caught fireplace whereas awaiting repairs at a UK port.

The provider was awaiting repairs at a port in Glenmallan, Scotland, when it caught fireplace earlier right this moment, struggling injury throughout what a spokesman for the navy department stated was a “minor” incident.

The fireplace prompted zero fatalities or accidents, a supply aboard the ship informed the UK Defence Journal, and is now all however “over with”.

The supply reported “minor fire damage”, with onboard ordinance left untouched by the flames.

A spokesman for the navy has confirmed the remoted fireplace has since been extinguished.

The spokesperson stated: “A minor, isolated fire on HMS Queen Elizabeth was quickly brought under control and extinguished.”

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence added that the Navy is now working with native authorities to ascertain the trigger.

The MoD stated: “The fire was quickly brought under control. No reported injuries and no ordnance was involved in the incident.

“RN is working with Scottish Fire and Rescue to ascertain the reason for the fireplace.”

The HMS Queen Elizabeth was stationary at Glenmallan port when it caught fire, having arrived at the base after it suffered a “mechanical challenge”.

Navy personnel discovered the issue while the ship participated in the largest NATO exercise since the end of the Cold War.

The aircraft carrier was preparing for the Steadfast Defender, a joint exercise coordinated by all 32 of the organisation’s members and involving over 90,000 troops.

Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Andrew Burns said it would not sail after pre-sailing checks discovered a coupling issue before the mission was due to start on February 4.

He said: “Routine pre-sailing checks yesterday identified an issue with a coupling on HMS Queen Elizabeth’s starboard propeller shaft. As such, the ship will not sail on Sunday.

“HMS Prince of Wales will take the place of HMS Queen Elizabeth on NATO duties and can set sail for Exercise Steadfast Defender as quickly as potential.“