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The United Kingdom has ten nuclear-powered submarines, four of which are armed with Trident nuclear missiles.
British maritime authorities have launched an investigation into a dangerous approach incident involving one of the Royal Navy’s nuclear submarines and a passenger ship.
The meeting with the nuclear submarine took place on November 6 in waters near the Scottish coast, but has only recently become public. The trip between Belfast and the Scottish port of Cairnryan could have been fatal for the passengers of the Ferry Stena Superfast VII.
The ship of the company Stena Line is able to accommodate 1,300 passengers. However, the company refused to provide information on the number of people on board during the rapprochement.
“The Stena Superfast VII and a submerged submarine were in close proximity during a scheduled crossing between Cairnryan and Belfast, at no time did the ship, passengers or crew find themselves in danger,” the company said, noting that the Research Division of maritime accidents (MAIB) of the British Department of Transport, is currently investigating the event.
The United Kingdom has ten nuclear-powered submarines, four of which are armed with Trident nuclear missiles . For its part, the high command of the Royal Navy has confirmed the incident, but without specifying the name of the submarine that starred.