NIS Update: December 2014

Vienna conference maintains momentum for humanitarian initiative on nuclear weapons

The third international conference on the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons has ended with a pledge to press for the abolition of nuclear weapons at next year's Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.  Read more.


Confusion over pledge to reduce number of missile tubes in new Trident submarines

The government is facing accusations that it has misled the public and the international community over the number of missiles which could be carried on the 'Successor' class Trident replacement submarines following the disclosure of details of a contract to build missile tubes for a new submarine.   Read more.


Main contractors appointed for Barrow shipyard upgrade project

BAE Systems has appointed three construction companies to upgrade its Barrow-in-Furness shipyard in preparation to build a replacement for the Royal Navy's Vanguard class Trident submarines.  Read more.


UK – France co-operation on nuclear weapons set to deepen as France's Laser Mégajoule becomes operational

The first experimental firing of France's new nuclear test superlaser took place at the end of October, allowing French – and British – nuclear weapons scientists to test warhead components and materials as part of research work aimed at sidestepping international arms control measures.  Read more.


Two submarines to move to Faslane under Navy's future submarine basing plan

The Ministry of Defence has announced that two of the Royal Navy's Trafalgar class submarines will move from their current base in Devonport to the Clyde as part of a long-term scheme to station all the Navy's submarines at a single base.  Read more.


Plans submitted for new radioactive waste treatment plant at Faslane submarine base

The Ministry of Defence has submitted a planning application for construction of a new radioactive waste treatment plant at the Faslane nuclear submarine base to Argyll and Bute Council.  Read more.


New emergency planning area calculations for AWE sites

New hazard assessments published by the Atomic Weapons Establishment for the Aldermaston and Burghfield nuclear sites suggest that the impacts of a radiation emergency at either site would extend over smaller areas than currently defined in emergency plans, raising fears that emergency planning areas may be reduced in size.  Read more.


Consent granted for submarine dismantling at Rosyth dockyard

The Office for Nuclear Regulation has granted consent for a project to decommission seven out-of-service nuclear submarines currently stored afloat at Rosyth Royal Naval Dockyard in Fife.  Read more.


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