A Trafalgar class sub has been spotted on Google Earth apparently undergoing repairs at the port of Fujairah less then 100 nautical miles from Iran. The vessel, one of four of her class, first entered service 30 years ago and is usually used for surveillance duties. This class of nuclear powered vessels is due to be replaced by the Astute Class of nuclear submarines.
The Google Earth image clearly shows blue cabling providing electrical power to the sub while the work is carried out and a metal barrier has been constructed by containers in an effort to keep the vessel out of public view and a possible terrorist attack. They don’t keep out Google Earth though.
John Large, a nuclier expert said:“This is a very rare sighting in these waters as they usually remain submerged for thousands of miles while performing their surveillance and listening roles in the Gulf. To be pictured on Google Earth is unfortunate from her commander's point of view.”
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