Five Hunter- Killer Submarines Clear Of Defect
(Source : UK Ministry of Defence ; issued Nov. 1, 2000)


Geoff Hoon, Secretary of State for Defence, informed the House of Commons this afternoon that the initial phase of the inspection programme of our hunter-killer submarines was now complete.

He said:

"The inspections have shown that there is no evidence of this problem in five submarines. Although four of these were already alongside undergoing repair, maintenance or refit, this means that HMS TRIUMPH, which has the capability to launch Tomahawk missiles, will return to operational duties shortly.

"Analysis of more detailed inspections will allow a recovery programme to be set in place for those submarines which are affected. We aim to have this established by the end of November.

"In the short term, HMS TRIUMPH's availability means that we are much better placed to conduct operations, including those in support of the detterent".


The status of the UK SSN is as follows:

HMS SOVEREIGN Faslane for maintenance Clear of flaw HMS SEPTRE Refit in Rosyth Clear of flaw HMS SPARTAN Refit in Rosyth Clear of flaw HMS TRENCHANT Refit in Devonport Clear of flaw HMS TRIUMPH Devonport Clear of flaw HMS SUPERB Faslane for maintenance Signs of flaw HMS SPLENDID Faslane Signs of flaw HMS TRAFALGAR Devonport Signs of flaw HMS TURBULENT Devonport Signs of flaw HMS TORBAY Refit in Devonport Signs of flaw HMS TALENT Devonport for maintenance Signs of flaw HMW TIRELESS Gibraltar Defect under repair



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