Usual Silence Broken Very Early
The carrier HMS Illustrious: ... there has been another delay attributed to the reefer.
We had said at the time: If this were a submarine, it would be unlikely for the public to learn of a delay, or a true underlying reason. Only those in the CoC, those with direct knowledge or some with need to know would. - M.E., January 24, 2008.
Fast Forward to June 4, 2014 - Silence of Royal Navy Sub Broken
Cdr Ramsey retired from the Royal Navy in March after 25 years' service. He now choses to reveal the incident to highlight how "incredible" the secretive submarine service is:
...The heat meant the crew couldn't reach the problem areas because the equipment was too hot to touch.
Since the event, Ramsey stated that the Royal Navy has incorporated the casualty problem into submarine crew training.
Sorry, journalists, retired naval officers do not risk their pensions to talk out of school about nuclear submarine casualties without permission of higher authority. The higher reason for disclosure must be more about something else. What might that something else be? Just a guess:
- Navy is 'running out' of sailors to man its nuclear fleet, MoD warns - 21 August 2012
- Admiral Warns Royal Navy's Readiness Declining - 26 May 2014
Submarines are always silent and strange.