Greater than 500 security occasions have been recorded on the house of the UK’s nuclear deterrent since 2006, the MoD has revealed.

Defence Minister Stuart Andrew disclosed the determine in a letter in response to a parliamentary query from Edinburgh SNP MP Deidre Brock.


HM Naval Base Clyde at Faslane is now below intense scrutiny[/caption]

In whole, 505 “occasions” had been recorded over the previous 12 years at HM Naval Base Clyde at Faslane, house to many of the UK’s nuclear submarine fleet.

Within the letter he states: “These occasions could also be near-misses, gear failures, human error or procedural failings.

“They’re raised, nevertheless minor they could seem, to encourage a complete, sturdy reporting tradition, undertake studying from expertise and to take early corrective motion.”

There have been two Class A incidents listed from 2006 and 2007.

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HMS Vigilant, a Vanguard-class submarine carrying Trident nuclear missiles, pictured at Clyde base[/caption]

The letter states that Class A occasions have “precise or excessive potential for radioactive launch to the surroundings of portions in extra of IRR99 notification limits”.

Nevertheless, the minister stated that in “neither occasion was any radiological contamination evident”.

He continued: “Not one of the occasions triggered hurt to the well being of any member of workers on the Naval Base, or to any member of the general public.”

He stated that the MoD takes all incidents, regardless of how minor, “extraordinarily significantly” and that they’re investigated with acceptable measure put in place.

Defence Secretary Stuart Andrew disclosed the determine in a letter to the SNP’s Deidre Brock

The figures present a rise in recorded incidents in recent times with 80 in 2016 and 73 final yr.

Kate Hudson, CND basic secretary, stated: “When the MoD took the choice to censor annual nuclear security reviews which had beforehand been made public, we feared that security at Faslane was worsening.

“Whereas we welcome a return to a level of transparency, the figures within the defence minister’s letter confirms our fears, revealing a list of accidents within the final three years.

“Many of those incidents concerned the Trident submarines which carry Britain’s nuclear weapons.

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CND basic secretary Kate Hudson stated the determine reveals severe infrastructure issues on the Scottish naval base[/caption]

“The incidents add to the dire warnings in September’s Public Accounts Committee report which revealed severe infrastructure issues, together with big delays and overspending.

“We hope to see a return to annual reviews of the Defence Nuclear Security Regulator being made obtainable to the general public and extra transparency basically.

“This data is a requirement in a functioning democracy.”


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