HMS Ambush has left port in Gibraltar to return to the UK for repairs.
A nuclear-powered Royal Navy submarine which was damaged in a collision with a merchant vessel has left port in Gibraltar to return to the UK for repairs.
HMS Ambush was been involved in a collision with a merchant vessel off the coast of Gibraltar.
According to a press release on the day:
“At approximately 1330 local time today, HMS AMBUSH, an Astute-class submarine, while submerged and conducting a training exercise was involved in a glancing collision with a merchant vessel off the coast of Gibraltar. We are in contact with the merchant vessel and initial indications are that it has not sustained damage.
The submarine suffered some external damage but there is absolutely no damage to her nuclear plant and no member of the ship’s company was injured in the incident.
An immediate investigation is being conducted.”
HMS Ambush is an Astute class nuclear fleet submarine, the second boat of her class. She was ordered in 1997, laid down in 2003 and commissioned in 2013.
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said:
“We can confirm it has left Gibraltar.”
A statement released by the Spanish government on Thursday said:
“In response to the request reiterated yesterday by the ministry of foreign affairs and cooperation, the embassy of the United Kingdom announced in the late afternoon that, following an assessment made after the accident suffered by HMS Ambush, it has been decided to repair the vessel in the United Kingdom. The embassy also confirmed once again that the reactor was not affected in the incident.”
In April 2015, Ambush participated in Exercise Joint Warrior, the largest military exercise held in Europe, alongside 55 other naval ships of NATO navies.