Prepostorous Nuclear Submarine Operations or Nuclear Subterfuge- Take Your Pick
Britannia rule the waves
Britons never, never, never will be slaves.
- Lines from Rule, Britannia by James Thomson and set to music by Thomas Arne in 1740.
Keep this well in mind: Either the series of attention-getting mishaps that have reportedly befallen HMS Astute this year are a sign of the British Empire's imminent collapse, or it is a clever subterfuge designed to divert attention from something else involving the UK government. Could the UK's MOD simply want out of the nuclear submarine business?
April 2009 HMS Torbay grounded in the Eastern Mediterranean
February 2009 HMS Vanguard collided with the French submarine Le Triomphant in the Atlantic
May 2008 HMS Superb grounded in the Red Sea
May 2003 HMS Tireless struck an iceberg while on Arctic Patrol
November 2002 HMS Trafalgar grounded on Fladda-Chuain, north of Skye
November 2000 HMS Triumph grounded west of Scotland
November 2000 HMS Victorious grounded on Skelmorlie Bank in the Firth of Clyde
July 1997 HMS Trenchant grounded off the coast of Australia
July 1996 HMS Repulse grounded in the North Channel off south-west Scotland
July 1996 HMS Trafalgar grounded off the Isle of Skye
March 1991 HMS Valiant grounded in the North Norwegian Sea
November 1990 HMS Trenchant snagged the fishing vessel Antares off Arran
October 1989 HMS Spartan grounded west of Scotland
November 1989 HMS Sceptre snagged the fishing vessel Scotia near Lewis
July 1988 HMS Conqueror collided with the yacht Dalriada off the coast of Northern Ireland