Royal Navy is condemned over crash of nuclear submarine

By David Perry

Published: 24/05/2008

The Royal Navy was accused last night of using “Stone-Age technology” to navigate a nuclear submarine which crashed into the seabed off Skye six years ago.

The attack from Western Isles SNP MP Angus MacNeil followed publication of a report on the incident in which HMS Trafalgar hit the bottom at Fladda-chuain during a dive and suffered damage costing £5million to repair.

A Navy board criticised the use of tracing paper overlaid on charts, obscuring vital information about the seabed, substandard chart work, and lack of proper supervision of the three students involved.

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