Nuclear submarine dismantling at Devonport and Fife sites recommended
A Trident submarine Seven disused submarines are stored at Rosyth dockyard and 10 at Devonport
The Ministry of Defence has revealed it wants to dismantle nuclear submarines stored at Devonport in Plymouth and Rosyth in Fife at both sites.
Ten decommissioned submarines are currently stored at Devonport and seven at Rosyth – 10 remain in service.
The MoD said its preferred option was to “undertake initial dismantling at both Devonport and Rosyth”.
However a consultation document issued earlier said dismantling at Rosyth was the “least attractive option”.
The document for the Submarine Dismantling Project said this would involve transporting 20 submarines to Scotland.
“Dismantling at Devonport only, on the other hand, remains a more reasonable proposition,” the report said.
On its website the MoD said the work would include removing all radioactive material, mainly metalwork, which had become radioactive during use. see article