UK nuclear sub collides with ship off Gibraltar

Britain’s newest and most expensive nuclear submarine collided with an unidentified merchant vessel off Gibraltar during a training exercise on Tuesday, the ministry of defence has revealed.

The £1.6bn HMS Ambush was involved in a “glancing collision” while submerged, the ministry stated on its website. The submarine suffered some external damage, with dents clearly visible, but no one was injured. It has since headed into Gibraltar for checks.

The merchant ship, which local media has indicated is a bunkering barge, was not damaged.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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