During a ‘routine’ unarmed Trident II D5 missile test launch, performed by the Royal Navy in June 2016, the missile fired from the British nuclear submarine HMS Vengeance off the coast of Florida, USA, failed and veered off course, heading towards the United States coast before it crashed and disappeared into the Atlantic Ocean.
The Royal Navy launch was part of an operation which was designed to certify the submarine and its crew. However the British Defense Ministry indicated that the test was succesful and certified the Vengeance and its crew to move on and carry on with their ‘hostile’ military deployments.
UK Defense policy calls for one of British nuclear Vanguard-class submarines to be at patrol at all times. The British government website reported that Trident has provided UK’ security for 46 years. Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbin called the incident a pretty ‘catastrophic error’.
Scottish National Party leader, Nicola Sturgeon, who opposes having the Trident submarine fleet based in Scotland said the report of a failure and cover-up are a hugely serious issue. British PM, Theresa May told the BBC she was totally confident regarding Britain’s Trident Nuclear launching system.
Next month, the British Parliament has to decide whether to spend 40 Billion GBP to refurbish the aging Trident, which is the cornerstone of Britain’s nuclear deterrent system.
AP / AA Magnum News 2017.