McNeilly has posted a new report online revealing that he has been given a “dishonourable discharge” by the navy. He lost his job in order to protect the navy’s public image, he claims.
He attacks “military deceivers” and “spin doctors” for playing down his safety allegations. “You're being lied to about how safe and secure the nuclear weapons on your homeland are,” he tells the public.
McNeilly went absent without leave after a three-month patrol on the Trident submarine, HMS Victorious, earlier this year. The Sunday Herald revealed on 17 May that he had written an 18-page dossier describing Trident as “a disaster waiting to happen”.
He detailed 30 safety and security lapses, including failures testing whether missiles could be safely launched, burning toilet rolls starting a fire in a missile compartment, and security passes and bags going unchecked. Extracts from a top-secret safety manual he leaked disclosed that a design flaw in Trident missiles could result in fires, explosions and widespread radioactive contamination.
The navy labelled his allegations as “subjective and unsubstantiated” and launched an investigation into them. It concluded by dismissing his claims as “factually incorrect or the result of misunderstanding or partial understanding".