£1.2 billion nuclear submarine grounded off Skye

Skye Bridge

The BBC is reporting that the nuclear submarine HMS Astute has become grounded off the Isle of Skye.

An eye-witness told the BBC that the submarine was stuck on the rocks near the Skye road bridge.

The Ministry of Defence have said “This is a not a nuclear incident. We are responding to the incident and can confirm that there are no injuries to personnel and the submarine remains watertight. There is no indication of any environmental impact”.

Earlier in the summer the submarine caused hold ups on the Skye bridge as motorists stopped to look at it, and local police had to request the vessel to move on.

The incident was reported around 8am this morning. HMS Astute, which was launched in 2007, is the most advanced submarine in the Royal Navy and is said to be “more complex than the space shuttle”. It cost £1.2 billion.

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