Monday, February 16, 2009

It's Hard to See Turn Signals Underwater

Since the end of the Cold War these guys don't get much publicity (unless you count the repeated airings of The Hunt for Red October) but they're still out there, and they don't always watch where they're going.

A Royal Navy nuclear submarine was involved in a collision with a French nuclear sub in the middle of the Atlantic, the MoD has confirmed. HMS Vanguard and Le Triomphant were badly damaged in the crash in heavy seas earlier this month. First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Jonathon Band said the submarines came into contact at low speed and no injuries were reported.

I tend to agree with this guy.

Meanwhile, SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson has called for a government statement.
"The Ministry of Defence needs to explain how it is possible for a submarine carrying weapons of mass destruction to collide with another submarine carrying weapons of mass destruction in the middle of the world's second-largest ocean," he said.

This item brought up a question, which of course the internet answered.

How many countries have nuclear submarines?
5 - USA, UK, Russia, China, and France