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Subject: Two Royal Marines killed on nuclear submarine
AdamB    3/21/2007 1:56:37 PM
Breaking News Two marines killed on submarine Two marines have been killed following an incident on board a Devonport-based British nuclear submarine. The Ministry of Defence confirmed an incident had taken place on HMS Tireless during an exercise in the Arctic on Wednesday morning. One other crew member was injured and is receiving medical treatment. The accident did not involve the nuclear reactor or its weapons systems. The vessel, an SSN Attack Submarine is safe and on the surface. (More news when it comes))
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AdamB       3/21/2007 3:51:21 PM
March 21, 2007

Two British sailors killed in submarine accident

Two British sailors were killed in an accident on board the nuclear submarine HMS Tireless (Penny Taylor/Royal Navy/PA)" width=385 border=0>

(Penny Taylor/Royal Navy/PA)

Two British sailors were killed in an accident on board the nuclear submarine HMS Tireless (Penny Taylor/Royal Navy/PA)

Two British sailors were killed this morning in an accident on board a nuclear submarine, the Ministry of Defence said.

One submariner was also injured in the accident on HMS Tireless that was on exercise in the Arctic.

He was airlifted to a US military hospital where he remains. His injuries are not life-threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery.

The incident, thought to involve a piece of air-purification equipment in the forward section of the submarine happened at 4.20am. The families of both of the men killed have been informed.

The MoD said that only superficial damage was caused to the Trafalgar Class submarine because of the quick actions of those on board.

The submarine, which was underneath an ice cap at the time, was never in any danger and its nuclear reactor was unaffected, the MoD said. It quickly surfaced after the incident.

Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent, commander-in-chief (fleet) of the Royal Navy, said: "I very much regret that this incident has occurred and my thoughts go out to the family and friends of the men who have lost their lives.

"I also wish to pay tribute to the crew of HMS Tireless that this incident has been dealt with and contained so professionally."

HMS Tireless, which was launched in 1985, was taking part in a joint exercise between British and US forces.

The piece of equipment that malfunctioned is fitted to all Trafalgar Class submarines. It is understood to have been fitted to HMS Tireless in 2001.

The equipment is not essential to the safe running of the submarine and to date has a 100 per cent safety record. But as a precaution, its use on other boats has been restricted until safety checks can be carried out, the MoD said.
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