HMS Tireless Accident under Arctic icecap


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Paul Rogers

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Two British sailors have died in an accident on a nuclear submarine.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed there had been an explosion on HMS Tireless during an exercise under the Arctic icecap at 0420 GMT on Wednesday.
For the full story relating to this Trafalgar hunter-killer submarine, click here.
 
I caught the same article a couple of hours ago. The report indicated that the explosion occured with the air purification equipment. I'm wondering if they use chemical cartridges of some kind to scrub CO[sub]2[/sub] from the air? Some of those things can be pretty dicey if some sort of grease comes into contact with them.
 
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Linda Sherlock

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If memory serves me, HMS Tireless has been in the wars before. Wasn't she under repair at Gibraltar for over a year, prompting an outcry about nuclear pollution?

I see this Trafalgar class sub is over twenty years old. Is that 'elderly' for such a vessel?
 
>>I see this Trafalgar class sub is over twenty years old. Is that 'elderly' for such a vessel?<<

More like advanced middle age. Once upon a time, submarines were small and reletively inexpensive vessels but that changed quickly enough as technology advanced. As pricy as a nuclear boat is, they tend to be designed to have useful service lives as long as 35 to 40 years.

The Navy Newsstand has a story on this incident at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=28464

The Royal Navy's nuclear submarine website is at http://www.royal-navy.mod.uk/server/show/nav.2442
 

Paul Rogers

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"Wasn't she under repair at Gibraltar for over a year, prompting an outcry about nuclear pollution?"

That's her, Linda. The Spanish government got very uppity about it, less (IMO) due to pollution concerns and more due to the whole "Gibralter Issue".
 
My guess as to the cause of the explosion wasn't all that far off the mark. From the BBC.com:

Oxygen device sparked sub blast
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An explosion on a nuclear submarine which killed two British sailors was caused by an emergency oxygen device, the US military has said.
The men died on board the Devonport-based submarine HMS Tireless during a joint British-US operation under the Arctic ice off Alaska.

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US authorities said air-purification equipment, known as a self-contained oxygen generation candle, was the source of the blast.

Oxygen candles are emergency devices that create oxygen through a chemical reaction.
For the whole story, go to http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/6478127.stm
 
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