Monday, February 7, 2011

HMS Astute support systems fail

HMS Astute has suffered another setback during sea trials, with onboard system failures forcing the nuclear-powered submarine to return to port at Faslane.

Weapons support and sewage systems failed, with reports suggesting the latest issue left the 90-strong crew unable to use the submarine's onboard toilets.
The submarine may be forced to stay in Faslane for up to six weeks while the problems are rectified and systems repaired.
The sub had only recently returned to sea following repairs to damage caused when it ran aground during sea trials off the Isle of Skye last October.
Then-commander Andrew Coles was relieved of command following the incident.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "Work is ongoing to fix the weapons support and sewage problems."
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