Astute’s health check-up at base
Last updated at 14:14, Tuesday, 26 October 2010
THE damaged Astute submarine has returned to base so a full investigation can be completed into why it ran aground.
The £3.5bn Barrow-built boat ran aground during sea tests off the coast of Skye on Friday.
The submarine made its way back to base without assistance from other vessels, but was escorted by the Royal Navy minehunter HMS Shoreham.
Astute arrived at Faslane, on the Clyde, at around 2pm yesterday.
The hull and rudder will now be examined to check for damage.
The Ministry of Defence says any repairs will be made to the submarine and a full investigation into why it crashed will now take place.
People discussing the issue on the Evening Mail website agreed that the submarine shouldn’t have run aground.
Frank Davies said the whole situation was “rather odd”.
He said: “Thankfully no-one was injured but considering that underwater geography in this sea loch is well known to submariners in Her Majesty’s Navy, it does beg the question how does the services newest submarine manage to snag its rudder?”
Dennis Pogson said more care should have been taken by the ship’s crew.
He said: “As a yachtsman, I have sailed these waters many times, and despite my knowledge of the area, we always look at the charts and consult the sailing directions before entering the area.
“On these larger vessels, I would have thought that extreme care would be taken to avoid going outside the navigation buoys and to stay within the deep water as shown by the charts and on the echo sounder.
“Perhaps the Royal Navy has become so besotted with the hi-tech weapons systems and gadgetry on board these vessels that basic navigation procedures are ignored?”
First published at 13:06, Tuesday, 26 October 2010
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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1.2 billion pound sub that runs aground in very well charted and very well used waters.
1 billion pound 'air defence' destroyers that have no anti ship missile protection.
Multi billion pound aircraft carriers that have no planes.
1.2b total cost of boat 1 Astute!
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