Britain's £1billion a piece Type-45 Destroyer ships break down in warm water and are being retrofitted with diesel generators, defence chiefs have admitted.
Complicated Rolls Royce gas turbine engines work in the cold water around Britain but the vessels have been left adrift in the Gulf on several occasions because of failures.
The problem first became apparent when HMS Daring lost all power in the mid-Atlantic in 2010 and had to repaired in Canada.
The ship needed fixing again in Bahrain in 2012 following another failure.
Britain six Type-45 Destroyers, including HMS Daring (file picture), and all six need to have back up diesel generators fitted as back ups in case of main engine failure in warm water
MPs were told of the problems at a defence committee hearing into the problems amid claims the number of new frigates due to be bought by the Government could be slashed as a result.
The Daily Record revealed the problems today and said their were fears of job losses at the Clyde shipyards as a result of the problems.
Former First Sea Lord Lord West today slammed the failures and told MPs: 'This is not a good position to be in.'
He told the Ministry of Defence had 'run out of money, effectively'.
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