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UK Public Accounts Committee lambasts delays to nuclear submarine disposal

19 June 2019
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A cross-party committee of UK parliamentarians has warned that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) could run out of storage space for decommissioned nuclear submarines unless action is taken to accelerate dismantling.

In a highly critical report on submarine defueling and dismantling published on 19 June, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said that activity had "moved at a glacial pace", pointing out that the 15-year delay in the project "has led to extortionate storage and maintenance costs which are now costing the taxpayer GBP30 million [USD38 million] per year".

Seven decommissioned nuclear-powered submarines are currently at Rosyth in Fife, with a further 13 stored inside 3 Basin at Devonport.

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