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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Report into Astute grounding published

A DAMNING report into the grounding of a Barrow-built submarine has revealed officers failed to follow procedure.

First in class HMS Astute ran aground off the coast of Skye in October 2010 while undergoing a boat transfer during sea trials.

An investigation was launched and a report published yesterday revealed the main cause of the boat’s grounding was “non adherence to correct procedures for the planning and execution of the navigation combined with a significant lack of appreciation by the officer of the watch of the proximity of danger”.

The report also raised concerns about the boat itself, citing “some deficiencies with equipment” as causal factors in the grounding.

While individual names are blacked out within its pages, the report reveals the MoD considered court martial proceedings but instead took internal disciplinary action against one individual and administrative action against two others.

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