|Two nuclear submarines collide - The tenth HMS Vanguard (S28)|
|News - World|
|Written by News Desk|
|Wednesday, 18 February 2009 21:23|
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The tenth¬†HMS Vanguard (S28)¬†of the British¬†Royal Navy¬†is the lead boat of¬†her class¬†of¬†Trident ballistic missile-capable submarines and is based at¬†HMNB Clyde,¬†Faslane. The 150m long, V-class submarine under the¬†Trident programme, has a crew of 135, weighs nearly 16,000 tonnes and is armed with 16¬†Trident 2 D5 ballistic missiles¬†carrying three¬†warheads¬†each.
It is now believed to have been towed Monday to its naval base¬†Faslane¬†in the¬†Firth of Clyde, with dents and scrapes to its hull. Faslane lies on the eastern shore of¬†Gare Loch¬†in¬†Argyll and Bute,¬†Scotland, to the north of the¬†Firth of Clyde¬†and 25 miles west of the city of¬†Glasgow.
Vanguard¬†is one of the deadliest vessels on the planet. It was built at¬†Barrow-in-Furness¬†by¬†Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd¬†(now¬†BAE Systems Submarine Solutions), was¬†launched¬†on 4 March, 1992, and¬†commissioned¬†on 14 August, 1993. The submarine's first captain wasCaptain¬†David Russell. In February 2002,¬†Vanguard¬†began a two-year refit at¬†w:HMNB Devonport. The refit was completed in June 2004 and in October 2005 Vanguard completed her return to service trials (Demonstration and Shakedown Operations) with the firing of an unarmed Trident missile.
"The Vanguard has two¬†periscopes, a CK51 search model and a CH91 attack model, both of which have a TV camera and thermal imager as well as conventional optics," said¬†John E. Pike, director and a national security analyst for¬†http://www.globalsecurity.org/, an easily accessible¬†pundit, and active in opposing the¬†SDI, and¬†ITAR, and consulting on¬†NEO's.