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A Trident missile is alleged to have misfired and went “plop into the sea” throughout a uncommon check launch witnessed by Defence Secretary Grant Shapps.

However Ministry of Defence (MOD) officers say there remained “absolute confidence” in Britain’s fixed at-sea nuclear deterrant, arguing it was “secure and effective”.

The MoD stated the failed launch, which passed off on January 30, got here as an “anomaly occurred” throughout a coaching train on board the nuclear-powered submarine HMS Vanguard.

The Sun claims the check passed off off the coast of Florida, United States. It reportedly concerned a dummy Trident 2 missile that was resulting from be propelled into the air by compressed gasoline.

However the publication says its so-called first stage boosters did not ignite. A supply stated: “It left the submarine but it just went plop, right next to them.”

The MoD stated the “anomaly” was “event specific”. However, it’s considered the second Trident misifiring in a row, with a check launch in 2016 by the Royal Navy stated to have flopped.

The Labour Party described the launch as “concerning”. Shadow defence secretary John Healey stated: “Reports of a Trident test failure are concerning.

“The Defence Secretary will want to reassure Parliament that this test has no impact on the effectiveness of the UK’s deterrent operations.”

A written ministerial assertion on Britain’s nuclear deterrent is predicted to be laid within the House of Commons by Defence Secretary Grant Shapps, in line with Wednesday’s order paper.

Shapps was on-board the 150 metre vessel on the time of the incident, a spokesman for the Defence Secretary confirmed.

First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Ben Key was additionally current on the time to mark what was the ultimate train for Vanguard and its crew after present process a refit that took greater than seven years, an MoD spokesman stated.

The incident comes at a time of excessive international stress, with a conflict raging within the Middle East and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine approaching its two-year anniversary.

A spokeswoman for the MoD stated: “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.”

HMS Vanguard is one in all 4 of the so-called Vanguard-class nuclear submarines that first went on patrol in 1994, with one of many vessels regularly at sea.

They carry the American-built Trident 2 D5 nuclear missiles, the mainstay of Britain’s strategic nuclear deterrent.

A Trident missile will be fired at targets as much as 4,000 miles away and at its quickest can journey at greater than 13,000 miles an hour, in line with the Royal Navy.

They are 13 metres lengthy, weigh 130,000lb (58,500kg) and are ejected from the submarine by high-pressured gasoline earlier than they fireplace as they attain the floor of the water.

Each Vanguard-class submarine can maintain as much as 16 intercontinental ballistic missiles, however will solely carry as much as eight Trident rockets and as much as 40 nuclear warheads.

The V-class is due to get replaced by the larger Dreadnought-class submarines within the 2030s.

Between £31 billion and £41 billion has been put aside for the broader programme of changing the Vanguard-class submarines, in line with figures from the House of Commons Library.