Wednesday February 18th, 2009
Ministers and anti-nuclear campaigners are furious at the news that two nuclear submarines have collided in the Atlantic Ocean. The crash is believed to have occurred on February 3rd or 4th and involved HMS Vanguard and French vessel Le Triomphant. Both were carrying nuclear warheads at the time. Reports also state that there has been no threat to security and no one was injured. However both submarines were damaged in the incident.
Speaking about the potential consequences of the collision a senior Navy source said they were “Unthinkable” but added reassuringly, “It's very unlikely there would have been a nuclear explosion. But a radioactive leak was a possibility. Worse, we could have lost the crew and warheads. That would have been a national disaster.' No kidding sir!
Angus Robertson, leader of SNP Westminster has demanded a full government report and had this to say, 'The UK Ministry of Defence needs to explain how it is possible for a submarine carrying weapons of mass destruction to collide with another submarine carrying weapons of mass destruction in the middle of the world's second-largest ocean,'
Scottish CND co-ordinator, John Ainslee has called ffor all Trident submarines to be recalled immediately and added, 'This highlights the danger of keeping nuclear submarines at sea when there is no threat to Britain. Trident is a danger to us all and does nothing to improve our security.”
It would appear that in spite of being equipped with the most advanced sonar technology available neither submarine was aware of the others presence despite patrolling the exact same area of the ocean. The incident comes only a few days after the collision of the Iridium satellite into a decommissioned Russian military satellite. Maybe the credit ‘crunch’ is actually the least of our worries.
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