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Shooting Incident On Board British Nuclear Sub

Fri Apr 08, 2011 2:52 pm

It's just being reported in the British media that an active RN serviceman has been arrested after killing one of his colleagues and injuring another in a shooting incident. The incident took place on board the HMS Astute (which last year ran aground in Scotland). As if to make the incident more embarrassing to the Royal Navy, the incident took place while the Mayor of Southampton was on board, as part of an official visit.

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-..._Hurt_On_HMS_Astute_In_Southampton

It appears, so far, that the incident was not terrorist related and that there is no damage/danger to the sub's nuclear reactor or weaponry.
 
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RE: Shooting Incident On Board British Nuclear Sub

Fri Apr 08, 2011 2:56 pm

Even more astonishing than the high jinks in the Australian armed forces this week.

You would think there were enough wars going on the keep the armed forces busy on what you would expect rather than these alarums and excursions.
 
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RE: Shooting Incident On Board British Nuclear Sub

Fri Apr 08, 2011 4:17 pm

Quoting kaitak (Thread starter):
The incident took place on board the HMS Astute (which last year ran aground in Scotland).

And from the linked article:

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HMS Astute was named and launched by the Duchess of Cornwall in June 2007 before being welcomed into the Royal Navy in August last year.

It seems astuteman's creation is suffering from the "Curse of Camilla" (tm), sigh...
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RE: Shooting Incident On Board British Nuclear Sub

Sat Apr 09, 2011 12:13 am

Quoting kaitak (Thread starter):
It's just being reported in the British media that an active RN serviceman has been arrested after killing one of his colleagues and injuring another in a shooting incident. The incident took place on board the HMS Astute (which last year ran aground in Scotland). As if to make the incident more embarrassing to the Royal Navy, the incident took place while the Mayor of Southampton was on board, as part of an official visit.

This might be construed as an impediment to further career progression !  Wow!
Wow ! Condolences to the family of the deceased sailor.
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RE: Shooting Incident On Board British Nuclear Sub

Sat Apr 09, 2011 10:11 am

The gunman was actually disarmed and overpowered by a politician, the Southhampton City council leader Smith, who, together with other civilians, was on a guided tour through the ship. Another civilian helped him to hold the sailor down until other crewmembers and the police took over.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-13022096

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The council leader, who once served in the RAF, was aboard the submarine as part of a civic party, which also included the city council's mayor Carol Cunio and chief executive Alistair Neill.

Describing what happened, Mr Smith said: "We were in the control room when someone entered and there was an exchange of words.

"He [the gunman] stepped out with another man and two shots were fired and then he entered the control room again and began shooting again."

"It was a very small, confined space - we would struggle not to be in the line of fire.

"He had a magazine with 30 rounds in it so I took the view that someone had to stop him.

"At some point I decided that the best form of defence was to try to disarm him. I guess I'm lucky he did not hit me.

"He fired again while I had hold of the weapon. I had a strange feeling. I was not sure if I'd been hit - it didn't hurt - but I wasn't thankfully.

"I pushed him against the wall and we wrestled, then I pushed him into another wall which resulted in him going to the ground and I managed to get the weapon from him and threw it aside under a table.

"I shouted for someone to help as I held him down and my chief executive was the first to come, and he did a remarkable job of restraining him.

"After a minute or two he became compliant. He was thrashing around and was not going to give up easily."

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RE: Shooting Incident On Board British Nuclear Sub

Sat Apr 09, 2011 6:04 pm

Certainly an unexpected and shocking thing to happen on a military vessel. My condolences go to the deceased sailor, and my hopes to the wounded. Massive respect to those that managed to restrain the gunman and curtail the violence.

All in all, Astute hasn't had a great time of it so far, here's to hoping that changes. Unlucky dubbed ships have often been the ones to deliver the goods when the crunch time comes though.

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