According to The Sun, the submarine was prepared to embark on patrol while a depth gauge failed, leading the crew members to believe it was level while it was still diving.
According to the publication, the submarine was approaching the “danger zone” in terms of the depth that it could endure when disaster struck.
Engineers are claimed to have discovered a second gauge and notified authorities. It’s not the engineers’ job to regulate the sub’s depth, a source told The Sun, but they noticed how deep they were and realised something was wrong.
The sub was officially still at a depth where it could operate, but should it ever have to go so deep, the entire crew is piped to action stations.
That had not occurred. The sub shouldn’t have been there, and it continued diving. And it’s not worth thinking about what would have happened if it had gone on.
Since 1969, a nuclear-armed submarine has been on constant patrol in the United Kingdom’s continuous at-sea deterrence.
The Royal Navy maintains four Vanguard-class warships that serve in this capacity on a rotating basis. In the 2030s, the Dreadnought class will replace the ageing warships.
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