British nuclear submarine collided with floating object.

Publish date: May 26, 2003

Yesterday the British Ministry of Defence announced that HMS Tireless had suffered minor damage after striking a "free floating object" whilst submerged.

HMS Tireless, which was reported to be on patrol in the Arctic when the collision occurred, has returned to Faslane naval base on the Clyde, in Scotland, for repairs. The submarine, which was commissioned in 1986 and had subsequent refits in 1996 and 1999, suffered minor damage to her ballast tank during the collision. There was neither injury to the crew nor radioactive discharge reported. Tireless is one of seven 4,750-ton nuclear powered Trafalgar Class submarines, based in Devonport, Plymouth.