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Nuclear Sub HMS Astute Defeated By Sand: Blame Cut Backs And Camilla

HMS Astute runs aground off the Isle of Skye. Here’s what happened:

When the Ministry of Defence starts its massive cuts programme in the new year it is unlikely to be too concerned about the salary structure for the (allegedly) soon to be ex-skipper of the one of the world’s most sophisticated nuclear-powered killing machines.

It is considered unlikely the Portsmouth based senior Naval officer will seek a desk at the Admiralty.

Britain’s brand new top- secret, not to be photographed and, until now, highly protected and security-screen-veiled at the Clyde Faslane nuclear sub depot HMS Astute sat out in full public view in the shallow and narrow bit between Skye and the mainland off North West Scotland for ten hours yesterday.
In true Navy Lark tradition straight from the helm of HMS Troutbridge, the BBC steam radio comedy series, someone seems to have ordered “left hand down a bit” and run the brand new (named in August by the divorced woman who married the punitive father of Princess Di’s kids William and Harry) £1bn sub on the hard bit.

It was pulled off last night and it has divers down to see how bad the scratches are. It is already leaking out the sub’s rudder is damaged. If the skipper’s really lucky it may have be the cause of the stranding.

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Posted: 23rd, October 2010 | In: Reviews | Comment (1)