Nuclear submarines left to rot at Devonport for nearly 30 years. 13 former Royal Navy subs are awaiting disposal in Plymouth – with a further seven in Rosyth. The MoD says the submarines are “safely stored” and subject to rigorous checks. It adds that there has been “no measurable increase in exposure for local people”. But the cost of storing and maintaining the laid-up vessels is vast. Over five years – between 2010 and 2015- the total bill for storing the vessels at the two sites, both owned by Plymouth-based engineering firm Babcock, reached more than £16million. The estimated cost of the MoD’s submarine dismantling programme, which started in December 2016 and is due to take more than 25 years to complete, have not been released. The MoD says this is due to ongoing commercial negotiations with Babcock – it’s main contractor for the programme – and other key suppliers.
Plymouth Herald 14th Jan 2018 read more »
Stay indoors, close all windows and don’t make any calls. That is the advice given to Plymouth residents in the “highly unlikely” event of a nuclear incident at Devonport Dockyard or the naval base, which house nuclear-powered submarines.
Plymouth Herald 13th Jan 2018 read more »