VIDEO: UK Royal Navy Nuclear Submarine Collides with Merchant Vessel off Gibraltar

Thu Jul 21, 2016 15:39:22

One of Britain’s newest Astute-class submarines has docked at Gibraltar after suffering a “glancing collision” with a merchant vessel, the UK Royal Navy announced, emphasizing that the HMS Ambush suffered “absolutely no damage” to her nuclear reactor.

The incident happened at around 1:30pm local time on Wednesday, when HMS Ambush was “submerged and conducting a training exercise” off Gibraltar, the Royal Navy said in a statement.

The Astute class nuclear submarine suffered “some external damage”, with the Royal Navy reassuring the public that “absolutely no damage” had been inflicted on its nuclear reactor.

The Navy also added that no one suffered in the incident, but the submarine had been forced to dock. “There are no safety concerns associated with HMS Ambush being alongside,” the Royal Navy stated.

The vessel ship that the submarine collided with suffered no damage, according to initial assessment. An investigation is now underway, RT reported.


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