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     Scottish CND      Magazine


There are cracks in the radiation containment system around the reactor on HMS Victorious. The cracks are both in the shield tank in which the reactor sits, and in the access tunnel which passes through the reactor area.

Lethal gamma radiation is being emitted from the cracks. The Navy are attempting to play down the incident, saying that the area is close off when at sea.

Nuclear engineering expert John Large said: “my view is that the sub should not be at sea until this is put right. This is not a teething problem. It is much more fundemental than that. And they will have to gamble that this is not a problem affecting the other two submarines.”

Scottish CND      Magazine