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Nuclear risks rule Devonport out as an option if Trident quits Scotland

The UK's Trident nuclear submarines could not be rebased at the Devonport naval dockyard in Plymouth for safety reasons if an independent Scotland orders the fleet to leave, according to a report from Scottish CND.

Ministry of Defence reveals just 520 Faslane jobs depend on Trident

Claims that Scotland would lose thousands of jobs if the Trident nuclear weapons system is taken out of service or moved elsewhere have been thrown into question following an admission by the Ministry of Defence that only 520 civilian jobs at HM Naval Base Clyde are dependent on Trident.

Southampton nuclear submarine visit puts public safety in jeopardy

An imminent visit by nuclear powered submarine HMS Torbay to Southampton Docks has been condemned by an international expert in submarine safety for placing public safety at risk.

HMS Torbay, one of the Royal Navy's oldest serving nuclear powered submarines, will visit Southampton Docks from Saturday 13 November until Tuesday 16 November on a public relations trip hosted by Southampton City Council. The submarine had originally been intended to arrive on Friday 12 November, but has been delayed as a result of bad weather.

Independent report highlights risks of nuclear powered submarine visits to Southampton

Independent report highlights risks of nuclear powered submarine visits to Southampton

VIDEO: Independent nuclear engineer John Large discusses shortfalls in emergency arrangements for nuclear powered submarines visiting Southampton.


Emergency services could not cope with nuclear submarine accident

An independent nuclear expert has cast doubt about the ability of emergency services to cope with an accident involving a release of radiation from one of the Royal Navy's nuclear powered submarines when berthed in Southampton Docks.

Navy plans to cut size of nuclear submarine protection zones

Nearly 6000 households in Southampton will be denied tablets which would protect families from radiation in the event of an accident on board a nuclear submarine visiting Southampton docks under new emergency arrangements.



Faslane Safety Failures

Devastating admissions about one of Britain’s most significant nuclear sites are disclosed in MoD documents released under the Freedom of Information Act. The sprawling and heavily-defended base for the UK’s nuclear deterrent at Faslane, is a facility which dominates the coastline on a quiet sea loch north-west of Glasgow.

Hansard on Nuclear Submarines in Southampton, 12th Jan 2009

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 1 July 2008, Official Report, column 754W, on nuclear submarines, on what date the number of operative submarine berths at Southampton was increased from one to two; and when such berths were redesignated from Z to operational submarine berths. [244580]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The number of berths, as determined by the Port Authority at Southampton, has always been two; but they are only cleared to support one submarine at any one time.

Nuclear Submarine Accident Exercise near Southampton

Monitoring of Royal Navy and Southampton City Council Potassium Iodate Tablets (PITS) distribution exercise in Hythe, 18th November 2008 


Z Berth Nuclear Accident Plans in Scotland

From BBC Scotland (Also broadcast on BBC Scotland lunchtime news Monday 17th Nov 2003)

Anti-radiation pills for Highlanders

More than 1,000 people living in the west Highlands are to be issued with pills to be taken in the event of a nuclear submarine accident.