NATO Nuclear subs ‘collide in ocean’

February 16, 2009

(ChattahBox) — A British Royal Navy nuclear submarine¬† and a French nuclear sub managed to collide in the middle of the Atlantic, it has been reported. Both vessels are understood to have been carrying nuclear warheads and despite being equipped with sonar, it seems neither vessel spotted the other.

It is understood HMS Vanguard and Le Triomphant were badly damaged in the crash in heavy seas earlier this month likely on February 3 or 4.

The UK’s Ministry of Defense is not commenting on the reports, but insisted nuclear security had not been breached.

The reported incident is being investigated on both sides of the Channel.

The two submarines are key parts of each nation’s nuclear deterrent, and would have been carrying missiles, though both the UK and France have insisted there was no danger of a nuclear incident.

Both the UK and French nuclear deterrent operations depend on complete secrecy and neither vessel would have been aware of their proximity to the other submarine, despite both countries’ membership of NATO.

But the submarines should have been able to detect the presence of a nearby vessel using state-of-the-art sonar technology.


3 Responses to “NATO Nuclear subs ‘collide in ocean’”

  1. nader paul kucinich gravel on February 16th, 2009 1:10 pm

    Totally unacceptable unexplainable inexcusable.

    [from usn nuc]

  2. Nick on February 16th, 2009 2:08 pm

    It’s not totally incredible – submarines tend to travel through underwater trenches and canyons to avoid acoustic detection – the very nature of an ideal trench (bottom deep below ocean surface to avoid active sonar, narrow enough to capture propellor noise and conceal from passive sonar) combined with the relatively few that actually go in the direction you want to travel must make collisions much more likely.

  3. online roulette poker on February 16th, 2009 3:11 pm

    wow, what a luck but instead of it, take a serious luck in what happened out there

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