Oh dear how embarrassing.
A 45kg torpedo has been accidentally discharged at a nuclear dockyard during a training exercise, narrowly avoiding causing a serious accident.
Navy bosses have launched an investigation into the blunder, which took place during a training drill at Devonport naval base in Plymouth on Wednesday afternoon.
Workers watched as the projectile shot out of HMS Argyll and flew 200 yards through the air before blasting a hole in a security fence and slamming into a storage container.
The torpedo was an unarmed version used for training, so it did not explode and merely thudded into the metal container.
Nobody was hurt in the incident, which took place at the port where Britain’s Vanguard-class nuclear submarines are refuelled and repaired.
The Ministry of Defence refused to say whether or not any of the submarines were at Devonport at the time of the accident.Â Read more »