Two nuclear submarine bases in Scotland and England have suffered 11 significant safety incidents in the last five years, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed. Most of them have not been disclosed before.
Radioactive waste has been spilt, workers exposed to radiation, power supplies lost, safety valves wrongly operated and a bag of waste mistakenly dropped overboard. Six of the incidents happened at the Faslane naval base on the Clyde, and five at Devonport in Plymouth.
“These answers from the MoD make for scary reading,” Robertson told the Sunday Herald. “They concern the most serious types of incidents, and information about them wouldn't be made public without asking.”
Although the MoD described what happened in ten instances, it refused to give details of one event at Devonport because “disclosure would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces”. This was “alarming” and “unacceptable”, argued Robertson.