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Collision, Irish Sea

Volume 229: debated on Friday 23 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the collision between the fishing trawler Amber Rose from Portavogie harbour and the submarine HMS Oppossum in the Irish sea on 14 July; if the submarine was submerged; and if the submarine's radar system was operational on that date.

I can confirm that a minor collision occurred between the Royal Navy submarine HMS Oppossum and the fishing vessel Amber Rose in the Irish sea on 14 July. There were no casualties. HMS Oppossum was on the surface at the time of the collision. An investigation is under way to establish the full facts of the incident.