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Defence in the media: Decommissioned nuclear submarines

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Today's coverage of defence and security issues includes coverage of a report on the disposal of military submarines following an inquiry by the Public Accounts Committee.


The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror and Glasgow Herald all cover the committee's report into the defuelling and dismantling of nuclear submarines. Their report found that the storage of nuclear submarines that have not yet been dismantled costs nearly £30 million each year.

The Ministry of Defence is a responsible nuclear operator and works to meet the highest standards of safety, security and environmental protection when maintaining, storing and decommissioning nuclear submarines.

The MOD also works closely with defence industry partners and the civil nuclear sector to find new, innovative techniques to safely and securely dispose of decommissioned equipment.

An MOD spokesperson said:

As the committee acknowledges, the disposal of nuclear submarines is complex, but we are committed to ensuring they are disposed of safely, securely and cost-effectively and have already made progress.

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Tobias Ellwood sits at a table eating lunch with uniformed soldiers
Defence minister Tobias Ellwood officially opened a new diner at Larkhill, where he joined some of the soldiers for lunch.

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