An unexpected malfunction occurred in a depth gauge on an aging Vanguard-class vessel, loaded with 140 crew members and Trident 2 apocalyptic missiles, while traversing the Atlantic Ocean.
A disaster of this magnitude would have initiated a terrifying recovery operation to secure the classified vessel and its nuclear reactor before Russian forces could reach the site.
The vessel was gearing up for patrol when the instruments indicating its depth suddenly ceased functioning. This resulted in the ship’s leaders mistakenly believing the vessel was stationary while, in reality, it was still descending.
As the vessel neared the “danger zone,” the technical team stationed at the rear of the 490ft Vanguard-class ship noticed a second gauge and sounded the alert.
An informant told The Sun, “While it isn’t the engineers’ responsibility to manage the vessel’s depth, they noticed the increasing depth and quickly understood something was amiss. While the ship was still within its operational depth, any descent to such depths would require the entire crew to be alert.
“This hadn’t occurred. The vessel wasn’t meant to be in that position and still descending. Had it continued this course, the possible consequences are truly chilling.”
The Sun has not disclosed the vessel’s name or the depths for security reasons.
A naval insider asserted that the close call demonstrated the effectiveness of the safety systems in place. They added: “Should one system fail, there is always another to fall back on.”
Following the incident, the senior military leadership initiated an urgent safety investigation. However, insiders reassured that this incident did not disrupt the UK’s nuclear deterrent.
Since 1969, at least one submarine armed with nuclear missiles in the Royal Navy has been kept on hourly patrol, prepared to retaliate in the event of an apocalyptic assault.
The UK boasts four Vanguard-class submarines in its fleet, though currently, only two are operational. One is undergoing a significant refurbishment, while the other is amid sea trials following repairs exceeding the budget of £300 million.