UK: One Killed In Nuclear Submarine Shooting


One person was killed and a second suffered life-threatening injuries in a shooting on board a Royal Navy nuclear-powered submarine Friday, police said.

Officers arrested a man after the incident on HMS Astute, which is currently docked in Southampton, southern England.

Hampshire Police said the incident was not terror-related and there was no risk to the public.

Police and the Ministry of Defence would not comment on reports that the person who died in the shooting was a Royal Navy officer.

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Hampshire Police said in a statement: “In both cases next of kin have not been notified, but officers are in the process of informing the families. ”

“No further details about the injured people will be released until this has been done.”

HMS Astute, the Navy’s newest and most advanced submarine, was docked at Southampton’s Eastern Docks on a five-day official visit to the city.

Police were alerted to the shooting by the Ministry of Defence earlier today.

“We believe two people have sustained injuries as a result of gunshots which have been discharged aboard the vessel.”

The submarine weighs 7,800 tonnes, equivalent to nearly 1,000 double-decker buses, and is almost 100 metres (328ft) long.

Its Spearfish torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles are capable of delivering pinpoint strikes from 2,000km (1,240 miles) with conventional weapons.


KUNA is the Kuwait News Agency

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