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Nuclear Submarine Accidents - 14 since 1988 (and 237 fires)

In addition to equipment failures, the government has listed 14 collisions involving British nuclear submarines since 1988 and 237 fires on board the fleet of vessels.

BBC News, 3rd April 2009 

Hansard on Nuclear Submarines collisions

2 Mar 2009 : Column 1369W Nuclear Submarines

Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many submerged collisions involving British nuclear submarines there have been since 2000. [259984]

Nuclear Submarine Accident Exercise near Southampton

Monitoring of Royal Navy and Southampton City Council Potassium Iodate Tablets (PITS) distribution exercise in Hythe, 18th November 2008 

 

Manpower shortages in MoD operational nuclear submarine safety personnel

Nuclear Submarine issues raised in the Ministry of Defence Annual Performance Report 2007/8

Operational 'pinch points'

Category A Nuclear Watchkeepers Shortfall of 53 Watchkeepers out of 271 - a shortfall of 24%

Category B Nuclear Watchkeepers A shortfall of 77 Watchkeepers out of 417 a shortfall of 18%

 

QinetiQ secures multi-million pound submarine contract

A multi-million pound deal between the Ministry of Defence and UK research establishment QinetiQ has secured the support and expertise needed to ensure the continued operation of the current submarine fleet and the development of technology for future generations it was confirmed today, Wednesday 3 September 2008.

Damaged Submarine

The Royal Navy submarine HMS Superb, which suffered some damage when she struck an underwater pinnacle in the Red Sea on 26 May, has arrived in Crete for a short period.  

MOD Statement at http://www.royal-navy.mod.uk/server/show/ConWebDoc.13008

Hansard on Nuclear Submarines, 9th June 2008

9 Jun 2008 : Column 66W*

*HMS Superb*

*Mr. Hancock:* To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for HMS Superb to dock and have her damage assessed before returning to the UK; and if he will make a statement. [208735]

Nuclear Submarine Which Hit Rock May Have To Be Scrapped

The Clyde-based nuclear attack submarine which collided with an underwater rock in the Red Sea on Monday could be scrapped if damage to her sonar is judged to be too expensive to repair, according to Whitehall sources.

HMS Superb, known to her crews as 'Super B', has been in service for almost 32 years. She is the oldest attack boat in the Royal Navy and one of only two Swiftsure-class submarines still operational.

Report in Mirror on Submarine Crash in Red Sea

A stricken British nuclear submarine was adrift in the Red Sea last night with 112 crewmen trapped aboard.

HMS Superb was submerged on a training exercise when it ran head-on into rocks, seriously damaging its sonar equipment. A source revealed the terrified crew thought they had hit the ocean bed. He said: "The vessel was at such a depth that when it hit, those on board thought they had hit the bottom of the ocean. There would have been a significant impact but the emergency procedures were quickly put into place.

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