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Rolls-Royce face safety charges over radiation risks

Rolls-Royce Marine Power Operations Ltd, the company which develops and manufactures reactors for the Royal Navy's fleet of nuclear powered submarines, has appeared before magistrates in Derby facing charges of breaching health and safety and environmental protection legislation.

Devonport workers receive accidental radiation dose during submarine maintenance operation

Three workers at HM Naval Base Devonport have received an accidental intake of radioactive material following an incident during a submarine maintenance operation.

Ministry of Defence publishes list of submarine base nuclear safety incidents

A power supply failure to submarine berths, leakage from a tap left on in a radioactive waste tank, melting of an ice plug, and a loss of electricity caused when steam valves were mistakenly closed are among a series of unexpected events which have resulted in a string of nuclear incidents and near misses involving Britain's nuclear submarine fleet over the last five years.

Nuclear regulator bars launch of submarine until quay safety concerns are resolved

Wet Dock Quay

The launch of the Navy's latest nuclear powered submarine has been blocked by the government's nuclear safety regulator because of concerns about the structural integrity of a dock quay at the shipyard where the submarine is under construction.

'Misunderstandings' led to breach of nuclear reactor compartment during refit work on Trident submarine

Errors during maintenance work resulted in a breach in the primary containment of the reactor compartment for HMS Vengeance, one of the submarines that carry the Royal Navy's Trident nuclear weapons, during refit work last year at Devonport dockyard.

Navy's oldest serving submarine returns to service following radioactive leak

HMS Tireless, one of the Royal Navy's Trafalgar class hunter-killer submarines, has returned to service following a leak of radioactive material into its reactor compartment earlier this year.

Staff shortages, organisational change, and ageing equipment – the main challenges to defence nuclear safety

A shortage of nuclear-skilled personnel and the rapid pace of organisational change within the Ministry of Defence pose the greatest challenges to the safety of the UK's nuclear weapons and nuclear powered submarine programmes, according to the latest annual report of the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator.

Archive papers show Devonport selected over Rosyth for submarine refit work despite safety and cost risks

Devonport dockyard in Plymouth was selected as the sole site for refitting the Royal Navy's nuclear powered submarines by John Major's government even though the competing Rosyth dockyard in Fife would have been safer and cheaper to run, according to recently released archive papers.