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  1. #11
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    Jun 2007


    At low speed they're a nightmare to turn, only 1/2 the rudder in the water and the prop is behind it, makes it very hard to steer
    Still really no excuse though.
    Typical BBC though, they report that the navy will hold a full inquiry and asked a Professor, a submarine 'expert' from Portsmouth Uni what he thought had caused the grounding he replied well either mechanical failure or human error!!!

    No s$$t Sherlock

  2. #12
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    Dec 2008
    Madrid, Spain.


    It's a good job they stopped the Rum ration - or maybe that's the problem!
    If I remember correctly there was a Frigate ran onto rocks off the Australian coast a few years back - probably too busy listening in to whales mating on the sonar. A bit like car drivers watching the TomTom and not looking through the windscreen.

  3. #13

    Default Astute

    what next??????? the tug that towed her off caused more damage than the grounding,,
    tug ripped off one of the subs fins,,,the tow rope went in the tugs propellor, then hauled the tug into the fin,
    but they reckon the cause of grounding might be down to charts not being up to date??????? the subs only a year old with the latest technology for navigation known to man, and theyre blaming old charts!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    they even tried to blame the bottom shifting,,,,,, saying the bottom can alter quickly, some places with sandbanks do shift ,but theyre blaming everything except the real reason ,the CAPTAIN. the buck stops there end of...

  4. #14
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    Oct 2006
    Fraserburgh , Scotland

    Default Grounded HMS Astute nuclear sub chief loses command

    Quote Originally Posted by BBC
    The naval chief in charge of a nuclear-powered submarine which ran aground off the Isle of Skye has been relieved of his command.

    HMS Astute was being put through sea trials when it was marooned last month.

    Navy officials confirmed that Commander Andy Coles, 47, lost his command of the submarine on Friday.

    He is to remain with the Royal Navy and is to be given another post. A final decision has still to be made about whether he will face a court martial.

    A Royal Navy spokesman said it was an "internal administrative matter" between Commander Coles, who is from Devon, and his senior officers.

    He added that a new commanding officer of HMS Astute would be appointed in the near future.

    The vessel was towed free on 22 October after becoming stuck on a shingle bank for about 10 hours, before the tide began to rise.
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    HMS Astute

    * The sub weighs 7,800 tonnes - equivalent to nearly 1,000 double-decker buses
    * Its nuclear reactor means it will not need refuelling in its entire 25-year life
    * It makes its own air and water, enabling it to circumnavigate the globe without surfacing

    HMS Astute was then damaged during the rescue operation after a collision with the coastguard tug the Anglian Prince, which was sent to free it.

    The submarine returned to its base at Faslane on the Clyde three days after the incident.

    The Navy spokesman said repairs had been completed on the £1bn vessel, but the final cost of the work was still being calculated.

    He said: "It will be paid out of the existing MoD budget."

    He added a service inquiry into the incident had concluded and its findings were being considered.

    The submarine was built by defence giant BAE Systems at Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

    It is the first in a fleet of six which will replace the Trafalgar-class submarine.
    He will drive a desk for a year or two before quietly leaving the Navy going by whats happened with other submarine CO's that have grounded a sub or damaged it on the bottom going where they shouldn't have

  5. #15


    she was out on trials yesterday,,,,,,,and managed to BREAK DOWN
    its good to know we have the best defending us,,,,,,,,,,


  6. #16
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    Jan 2007
    Rio De Janeiro,Brasil


    It wasn't the fault of the Captain,

    The Whales and Dolphins have for years been trying to get some payback,

    It's their new anti-naval deterrent,

    Expect to see a lot more subs on a beach near you.

  7. #17
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Fraserburgh , Scotland


    One killed in HMS Astute nuclear submarine shooting

    One person has been killed and another is in a life-threatening condition after a shooting on board the nuclear submarine HMS Astute.

    A man was arrested after police were called at 1212 BST to Southampton docks where the vessel has been berthed since Wednesday as part of a five-day visit.

    The BBC's Jonathan Beale understands that a crew member shot two of his crew mates before being overpowered.

    A police spokeswoman said the incident is not linked to terrorism.

    She said there is no public safety risk and the area is sealed off.

    BBC News understands the arrested man was handed over to Hampshire police by Ministry of Defence police.

    Brian Cedar, who lives in Hythe marina, said: "I saw at least six people carry a stretcher off the gangway into a waiting ambulance.

    "There were a couple of forensic people who have now left.

    "If you can have a shooting like this on a nuclear submarine it is worrying."

    The area around the docks has been sealed off by officers from Hampshire police.

    The 97m-long (318ft) HMS Astute, the UK's newest and largest nuclear submarine, is based at the Faslane Naval Base on the Clyde.

    HMS Astute berthed in Southampton HMS Astute is currently berthed in Southampton as part of a five-day visit

    It ran aground on a shingle bank between the Scottish mainland and the Isle of Skye in October last year and remained marooned for several hours.

    HMS Astute was named and launched by the Duchess of Cornwall in June 2007 before being welcomed into the Royal Navy in August last year at a commissioning ceremony at Faslane Naval Base on the Clyde.

    The submarine weighs 7,800 tonnes, equivalent to nearly 1,000 double-decker buses, and is almost 100 metres (328ft) long.

    Its Spearfish torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles are capable of delivering pinpoint strikes from 2,000km (1,240 miles) with conventional weapons.

    The submarine's nuclear reactor means it does not need refuelling and it makes its own air and water, enabling it to circumnavigate the globe without needing to surface.

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