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.”

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bryan van dyk
5 years ago

My name is Bryan van Dyk 55 years of age I am a fully qualified radiation worker worked at Sizewell B nuclear power plant in may / June 2016 my third Outage routine refuelling Outage on the reactor coolant pump you have a job opportunity for me when you dismantle the decommissioned nuclear power submarine
my email address is [email protected] I have done my vetting clearance enabling me to work in the UK. Regards

andy reeves
andy reeves
5 years ago

these subs, especially the swift sure class(all of the class are at rosyth and devonport)which millions of £ were spent on making them tomahawk capable with such a paltry surface fleet the hunter killer submarines could well be reactivated if russian/nato confrontation gets worse.