British nuclear missile ‘misfires and crashes into ocean’ | EUROtoday

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A submarine carrying nuclear weapons has been on patrol always since 1969 as a part of the UK’s steady at sea deterrent.

The Royal Navy has 4 Vanguard class vessels which fulfil this function on rotation. They carry round 140 crew, in addition to Trident ballistic missiles.

The ageing vessels, which have been in service for 30 years, are set to get replaced within the 2030s by the Dreadnought class, that are at present below development.

In November, a Vanguard class submarine was reported to have had a close to miss after a gauge malfunctioned and left it sinking in direction of an unsafe depth.

An MOD Spokesperson mentioned: “HMS Vanguard and her crew have been proven fully capable of operating the UK’s Continuous At-Sea Deterrent, passing all tests during a recent demonstration and shakedown operation (DASO) – a routine test to confirm that the submarine can return to service following deep maintenance work.

“The test has reaffirmed the effectiveness of the UK’s nuclear deterrent, in which we have absolute confidence.

“During the test an anomaly occurred. As a matter of national security, we cannot provide further information on this, however we are confident that the anomaly was event specific, and therefore there are no implications for the reliability of the wider Trident missile systems and stockpile. The UK’s nuclear deterrent remains safe, secure and effective.”