Royal Navy ‘hunter killer’ submarine dossier dumped in pub toilets (Image credit- World News Era)
How did a government paper describing a $1 billion submarine end up in a crowded pub’s lavatory?
According to the reports, the UK Royal Navy has recently opened an investigation after finding documents about the £1.3 billion “hunter-killer” submarine HMS Anson in a pub’s bathroom.
The files, which are classified as “official sensitive,” include instructions on how to isolate and depressurize specific components of the nuclear-powered submarine’s system as well as information about how the submarine functions internally.
The Royal Navy takes all security issues seriously, despite the fact that a spokeswoman claimed that these are generic training manuals devoid of confidential information. They will look at how they came to make their discovery.
The 7,800-ton HMS Anson is the fifth of the Royal Navy’s new Astute-class attack submarines to enter service, according to the military’s official website. The Tomahawk missile-firing submarines are known as the “most capable attack submarine ever built for the Royal Navy.”
The Furness Railway pub in Barrow-in-Furness, where the documents were discovered, is close to a BAE Systems shipyard, where the submarine was previously captured on camera, as per reports.
According to reports, the HMS Anson and other Astute-class hunter-killer subs are built just five minutes walk from the bar.
Which documents are they?
The Sun reported that the documents found in the bar contained crucial information about the hydraulics of the HMS Anson, which regulate torpedo hatches, steering, and buoyancy.
A Royal Navy lanyard from the brand-new £1.3 billion vessel was discovered with it in the bar. The tavern was crowded, according to a source, when the papers were discovered on Saturday night. They said, “It’s a good thing a Russian spy didn’t discover them.”
Government guidelines state that “sensitive” information should only be disclosed to individuals who have a “genuine need to know” since it could result in serious repercussions if it were to be misplaced, stolen, or made public.
The papers are still sensitive even if they are one level below Secret and should only be discussed with individuals with clearance.
Former sub-captain Commander Ryan Ramsay is also quoted in The Sun as saying that the documents were part of a reference book that was easily accessible on board.
The manual would have been utilized by anyone who had worked on the submarine. It’s encouraging to see their dedication to training, he remarked, but the pub is perhaps not the best setting.
The Navy claims that the UK’s submarine manufacturing sector offers thousands of work possibilities. Approximately 10,000 people are employed by BAE Systems’ submarine programs, and thousands more are involved in the supply chain.
This is not the first time that individuals have discovered a classified document in the open. According to a report from 2021, significant Ministry of Defence documents with classified information on the British military and HMS Defender were found at a bus stop in Kent.
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