by In Wales
Mon Feb 16th, 2009 at 06:21:25 AM EST
How, how does something like this happen?
A Royal Navy nuclear submarine was involved in a collision with a French nuclear sub in the middle of the Atlantic, it has been reported.
It is understood HMS Vanguard and Le Triomphant were badly damaged in the crash earlier this month.
Despite being equipped with sonar, it seems neither vessel spotted the other, the BBC's Caroline Wyatt said.
The UK's Ministry of Defence is not commenting on the reports, but insisted nuclear security had not been breached.
Our defence correspondent said HMS Vanguard, with "very visible dents and scrapes", had to be towed back into its home base at Faslane on the Firth of Clyde. The submarines were both "seriously-armed", she also said.
The Guardian also reports with
"They can't see each other in the water," an official said. The collision raises questions about the submarines' sonar and radar and why they did not detect one another.
What a good question!
Here's a great reason for getting rid of nuclear weapons and not renewing trident - what could have been the potential consequences of this crash or of the subs being targetted and not noticing it?