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Royal Navy ‘nuclear’ submarine had a near miss with a Stena Line ferry

by LLB Reporter
19th Jul 20 11:32 am

It has been confirmed that a Royal Navy submarine that almost hit a Stena Line passenger ferry in British waters, was a nuclear Vanguard class vessel.

Experts have claimed that it was almost certainly armed with nuclear missiles at the time of the near miss, which could have resulted in the loss of the Vanguard submarine.

The nuclear submarine, which is thought to have been the HMS Vengeance, which is only one of three operational Trident nuclear missile carriers in the Royal Navy, but there is no ceal revidence to support this claim.

The Marine Accident Investigation Board (MAIB) filled in their report, which has only just been released, said the passenger ferry was carrying over 200 passengers and crew.

The Stena Line ferry was literally yards away from being hit by the 17,500-tonne nuclear submarine, which would have ended with devastating results.

The MAIB stated, “This incident happened because the submarine’s control room team overestimated the ferry’s range and underestimated its speed.”

The submarine has a crew of around 130 and can carry a pay load of up to 16 Trident-II D5 intercontinental ballistic missiles, which have a range of over 1,000 nautical miles.

The MAIB chief inspector said in the report, “This was the third accident or incident between a dived Royal Navy submarine and a surface vessel in four years, which is a matter of significant concern.”

The near miss incident was only averted when a crew member spotted the ferry whilst on lookout.

A senior Royal Navy source said, “There is no doubt that this would have been pretty awful had there been a collision, the Vanguard’s hull is designed to break through ice and would have torn a hole straight through the ferry.”

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