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HMS Vanguard

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department estimates it will cost to repair damage to HMS Vanguard as a result of its collision with Le Triomphant in the Atlantic. (259194)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how far HMS Vanguard was from other identifiable vessels at the time of its collision with Le Triomphant. (259195)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of sonar equipment on Royal Navy submarines as a result of the collision between HMS Vanguard and Le Triomphant. (259197)

It is too early to say as we need to await the conclusions of the review of the incident.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how long his Department estimates repairs to the damage to HMS Vanguard as a result of its collision with Le Triomphant will take. (259201)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many crew members were on board HMS Vanguard at the time of its collision with Le Triomphant; and what the (a) maximum and (b) minimum crew levels are for HMS Vanguard. (259220)

I am withholding this information on the grounds of national security. The declared complement of a Vanguard class SSBN is 135.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the decibel sound pressure level (dBSPL) of HMS Vanguard’s nuclear reactors’ water pumps was (a) before and (b) at the time of the collision with Le Triomphant. (259221)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at what speed HMS Vanguard was travelling at the time of its collision with Le Triomphant. (259222)

HMS Vanguard was travelling at very low speed when it came into contact with FS Le Triomphant. I am withholding further information on the grounds of national security.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will undertake an investigation of whether the collision between HMS Vanguard and Le Triomphant has had any impact on the marine environment. (259223)

The MOD takes this incident very seriously and a thorough review is under way. We will act on any lessons that might be identified. I can confirm that there has been no compromise to nuclear safety.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has begun disciplinary action as a result of the collision between HMS Vanguard and Le Triomphant. (259224)

No disciplinary action has been initiated as a result of the collision between HMS Vanguard and FS Le Triomphant. However, the MOD takes this incident very seriously and a thorough review is under way. We will act on any lessons that might be identified.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department will have with its French counterpart on investigation of the collision between HMS Vanguard and Le Triomphant. (259225)

It is too early to say as we need to await the conclusions of the review of the incident.