‘Bomb’ found on nuclear submarine sparking mass evacuation of Barrow shipyard

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A SUSPECTED bomb has been found on a nuclear submarine, sparking the mass evacuation of Barrow shipyard.

Ambulances and police were on the scene in Barrow-in-Furness in northwestern England. The defence ministry declined to comment.

“As a precaution, the Devonshire Dock Complex has been closed,” a spokeswoman for BAE Systems said. “Staff, contractors and local residents are being kept informed.”

An unidentified source told The Mail, a Barrow-in-Furness-based publication known previously as the North-West Evening Mail, that staff had been evacuated after a warning about a bomb on an Astute-class nuclear attack submarine.

Barrow-in-Furness makes the new generation of four Dreadnought-class ballistic missile submarines that will eventually replace the Vanguard class which form the basis of the United Kingdom’s Trident nuclear deterrent.

Dreadnought-class submarines will measure 153 metres long, with a displacement of 17,200 tonnes, and have a PWR3 nuclear reactor.

BAE Systems, Rolls Royce and Babcock are the main industrial partners in the 31-billion pound ($41 billion) Dreadnought project.

 

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