The British and French governments have launched inquiries into how two nuclear submarines collided in the middle of the Atlantic.
Britain’s HMS Vanguard has been undergoing repairs for relatively minor damage at its home port of Faslane in Scotland, meanwhile anti-nuclear campaigners are claiming the collision was a near catastrophe. In what is being described as a one in a million accident the French Le Triomphant sub was travelling south and HMS Vanguard was heading east in open ocean. The two submarines are key parts of each nation’s deterrents and would have been carrying nuclear weapons when they ran into each other. A French military spokesman admitted a minor collision had taken place and put that down to the fact both subs have to be technically silent at sea – so much so neither knew the other was in that bit of ocean. He said the accident proved both were operating efficiently. But that explanation doesn’t satisfy anti-nuclear campaigners especially as the French at first denied their sub had hit another. One British MP is demanding an inquiry to find out just how two submarines carrying weapons of mass destruction came to collide in the world’s second largest ocean.