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oops – nuclear subs collide

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The report about ten days ago that a French submarine and a British submarine carrying nuclear weapons collided, albeit slowly, in the Alantic, is “worrying” to say the least. The two subs are equipped with sonar detection devices, but it was reported that their anti-sonar devices, used to hide the subs, may have been “too effective.” Ya think? The unlikeliness of this happening is both mystifying and laughable. The potential harm of this collision is terrifying. The subs, the HMS Vanguard and Le Triomphant were both launched in the early nineties.

The United States, Russia, China, France, and Britain all have nuclear subs on patrol, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. The embarassing event was apparently reported first in a tabloid paper, the UK’s Sun. What next?

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