The seven decommissioned nuclear-powered submarines moored at Rosyth in Scotland will commence ‘Initial Dismantling’ this year.
The information comes to light through a response to a written parliamentary question posed by Steven Paterson, MP for Stirling. He asked:
“To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many nuclear-powered submarines are waiting for decommissioning work to be (a) commenced and (b) completed.“
The question was answered by Harriett Baldwin, the Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Ministry of Defence:
“There are 12 submarines in laid-up storage in Her Majesty’s Naval Base Devonport and seven at Rosyth Dockyard.
Under the Submarine Dismantling Project (SDP) one submarine will commence ‘Initial Dismantling’ at Rosyth later in 2016, subject to regulatory permissions, to refine the process.
While laid-up, the submarines are subject to regular maintenance and checks by both the Ministry of Defence and regulators, and pose no additional risk to workers or members of the public.”