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Shots of UK nuclear submarine left in pub toilet – Sun – RT World News



Blueprints for the torpedo mechanism of the Royal Navy’s newest nuclear-powered submarine have been found lying on the floor inside a toilet cubicle in a pub, The Sun reported on Friday, citing a source.

Files relating to HMS Anson, an Astute-class ship, are said to have been marked “sensitive officials” – the second tier of the UK government’s three-tier classification system. Persons handling sensitive official information should adhere to the “need to know” principle, particularly if the documents “could be shared outside of a routine business process or well understood”, says the Department of Justice website.

According to the newspaper, the files were discovered in a pub in the port town of Barrow-in-Furness in northern England. The establishment is located not far from the BAE Systems shipyard where the warships are built. “It was a pretty lively night” said the source, who claimed to have spotted the documents. “The pub was full of people from the docks – military and civilian.”

“I went to the toilet and the plans were lying on the cabin floor with the strap…Anyone could have found them,” the source said.

The records would have included a description of the submarine’s hydraulics, which “control torpedo hatches, steering and buoyancy.”

A Navy spokesperson told The Sun that the files were “generic training documents”, but added that “the circumstances of their discovery” would be investigated.

The Navy describes HMS Anson, which joined the fleet last year, as “the cutting edge of UK military capabilities” And “the most advanced hunter-killer submarine in the world.” In February, the ship sailed to Clyde Naval Base in Scotland for sea trials.

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