Plymouth is brimming with naval history, with the Navy operating out of Devonport dockyard for over 300 years. It’s also home to 12 of Britain’s former nuclear submarine fleet – they now lie untouched, with radioactive cargo still intact. Some of the nuclear subs were removed from service almost 30 years ago, and were brought to Devonport for maintenance, refuelling, refitting and dismantling. The life of the Vanguard class submarines has been extended until 2032 and so this work will carry on in Devonport for many years to come. Devonport has been unable to defuel subs since 2004 when it failed to meet nuclear safety standards, and the first sub won’t be dismantled until 2023. Decommissioned vessels are being stored at Devonport and Rosyth while arrangements are made to safely dispose of them and the radioactive waste they contain. Seven of the submarines have been in storage longer than they were in service with the Royal Navy. So what do people living near the submarines think? There’s a mixed reaction from residents in Keyham, close to the Naval Base in Devonport, but the overall opinion is that it doesn’t bother them too much.
Plymouth Herald 13th Dec 2020 read more »
A Scots nuclear submarine base is currently experiencing a coronavirus outbreak so severe that they look set to have ‘more cases than the whole of Edinburgh’ over the Christmas period.
Edinburgh Live 13th Dec 2020 read more »