The similarities between Vigil and real-life events doesn’t end with the submarines themselves – it comes a lot closer to home. The dramatic series opener shows a fishing trawler being dragged into the depths by its nets in the vicinity of HMS Vigil, which is lurking in the Atlantic off the coast of Scotland. Footage shows fictional fishing boat Mhairi Finnea near the Outer Hebrides, before the vessel and its crew are violently pulled underwater to their deaths. Despite the insistence of Compston’s character Burke to go looking for the crew, he is overruled by higher command and told to proceed with the mission. The tense scene bore many parallels with a true-life tragedy – the sinking of the fishing trawler the Antares by a Royal Navy nuclear-powered submarine in 1990.
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THE home of Britain’s nuclear weapons on the Clyde could be “crippled” by industrial action in a dispute over pay. Unite Scotland confirmed that that around 70 of its members who provide specialist services for the UK’s nuclear deterrent submarines are to be balloted for industrial action in what it called a “historic” development at the Royal Naval Armaments Depot (RNAD) Coulport.
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