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Devonport workers receive accidental radiation dose during submarine maintenance operation

Three workers at HM Naval Base Devonport have received an accidental intake of radioactive material following an incident during a submarine maintenance operation.

Ministry of Defence publishes list of submarine base nuclear safety incidents

A power supply failure to submarine berths, leakage from a tap left on in a radioactive waste tank, melting of an ice plug, and a loss of electricity caused when steam valves were mistakenly closed are among a series of unexpected events which have resulted in a string of nuclear incidents and near misses involving Britain's nuclear submarine fleet over the last five years.

Power loss at Devonport submarine base had 'potential nuclear implications'

An incident which left an electrical ring main at the base without power for over 90 minutes had “potential nuclear implications” according to an official report, leading to a risk that reactors on board nuclear powered submarines berthed in the dockyard could have overheated.

Scottish submarine berths suspended following 'inadequate' emergency exercises

Three recent exercises to test nuclear emergency planning arrangements in the event of an accident on board one of the Royal Navy's nuclear powered submarines have failed to meet standards set by Government safety regulators.

US submarine calls in to Faslane

Visiting submarine

A US Navy submarine – believed to be the sophisticated spy submarine USS Jimmy Carter – has been spotted visiting Scotland's Faslane submarine base on the Clyde estuary.

Regulator approves Devonport Dockyard safety review - with reservations

Despite reservations about unresolved safety issues, the Office for Nuclear Regulation has agreed to accept a safety assessment undertaken by Devonport Royal Dockyard Ltd for the nuclear submarine refuelling facility at HM Naval Base Devonport.  

Archive papers show Devonport selected over Rosyth for submarine refit work despite safety and cost risks

Devonport dockyard in Plymouth was selected as the sole site for refitting the Royal Navy's nuclear powered submarines by John Major's government even though the competing Rosyth dockyard in Fife would have been safer and cheaper to run, according to recently released archive papers.

Nuclear risks rule Devonport out as an option if Trident quits Scotland

The UK's Trident nuclear submarines could not be rebased at the Devonport naval dockyard in Plymouth for safety reasons if an independent Scotland orders the fleet to leave, according to a report from Scottish CND.

Ministry of Defence reveals just 520 Faslane jobs depend on Trident

Claims that Scotland would lose thousands of jobs if the Trident nuclear weapons system is taken out of service or moved elsewhere have been thrown into question following an admission by the Ministry of Defence that only 520 civilian jobs at HM Naval Base Clyde are dependent on Trident.

Southampton nuclear submarine visit puts public safety in jeopardy

An imminent visit by nuclear powered submarine HMS Torbay to Southampton Docks has been condemned by an international expert in submarine safety for placing public safety at risk.

HMS Torbay, one of the Royal Navy's oldest serving nuclear powered submarines, will visit Southampton Docks from Saturday 13 November until Tuesday 16 November on a public relations trip hosted by Southampton City Council. The submarine had originally been intended to arrive on Friday 12 November, but has been delayed as a result of bad weather.

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