If It Weren’t For Bad Luck . . .

. . . the HMS Astute wouldn’t have any luck at all. Remember when she ran aground two weeks ago? Well, apparently the grounding wasn’t the worst part of ordeal.

HMS Hapless: submarine in crash No2 with tug

An investigation was already being held into the grounding of HMS Astute on a shingle bank off Skye last month after the £1 billion vessel, whose key attribute is stealth, was turned into a tourist attraction.

Now a new inquiry is underway after it was revealed that having survived the incident relatively unscathed, the submarine was damaged in a collision with the tug boat hired to free it.

The Anglian Prince was contracted by the navy to help pull the sub to safety.

But during the operation the towing rope became caught in the tug’s propeller and pulled the vessels together, damaging the Astute’s starboard foreplane.

A navy spokesman said the sub will be repaired at Faslane and trials will resume in due course.

He added: “The inquiry into the damage sustained by Astute is now complete, although the findings have still to be released to naval officers.”

The Anglian Prince, based in Stornoway, is normally under contract to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, but the Ministry of Defence took over its operation temporarily to help Astute.

It was undamaged despite the tangle with a nuclear submarine and is back in Stornoway, having since helped a cargo boat which got into difficulty off Rum this week.

See also:
Stricken Sub Astute Damaged By Rescue Tug
U.K.’s Stricken Nuclear Submarine HMS Astute Collided With Rescue Vessel
Revealed: Rescue tug crashed into stranded submarine HMS Astute causing millions of pounds of damage
Tug damaged HMS Astute while freeing it
Astute damaged in tug collision
HMS Astute submarine damaged by towboat
Stranded British submarine damaged in tug collision: navy
Call for debate on scrap-threat coastguard tug
Not So Astute

Thirty year old tugboat 1, brand new, multi-billion dollar nuclear submarine 0, talk about adding insult to injury, what an indignity. The Astute seems to be jinxed.

/maybe they should just scrap the Astute and put the Anglian Prince into active naval service, the tugboat has a better anti-submarine warfare record

Not So Astute

It’s a bad end to a bad week for the British military.

A beached wail from the world’s top submarine

THE British Royal Navy faces a possible multimillion-dollar repair bill for damage to the world’s most advanced submarine, with stealth technology so sophisticated it can lie undetected for weeks off an enemy coast.

The sub, which is so new that it is not yet fully operational, has sonar with a range of 3000 nautical miles and carries more firepower than a squadron of 16 Tornado bombers.

But on Friday the £1.2billion ($1.9billion) HMS Astute nuclear submarine spent the day stuck on a shingle bank near the Isle of Skye off the west coast of Scotland in view of a curious public after it ran aground during a routine crew transfer. It was towed free by a tug that night but the incident is another blow for the Royal Navy, which suffered considerably last week with budget cuts to its aircraft carriers, warships, Harrier jump jets and the prospect of 5000 redundancies.

The navy insisted that there was no likelihood of a nuclear leak or any other environmental issue and no one was injured in the incident.

But the ship’s Commander, Andy Coles, will face questions and a possible court martial over why the ship ran aground.

See also:
Royal Navy chiefs left red-faced after brand new £1.2bn nuclear submarine is left high and dry off the coast of Scotland
Experts assess grounded submarine
Navy’s nuclear super-stealth submarine stuck off Skye for ten hours
High-tech sub runs aground in Scotland
HMS Astute – the navy’s £1.2billion nuclear vessel – runs aground
Sub shows too much to be stealthy
Navy not quite so astute after stranding
Red faces for Navy as stealth submarine left high and dry
Nuclear submarine HMS Astute is finally freed after running aground off Skye
Barrow submarine HMS Astute rescued
Grounded Nuclear Submarine Is Towed Free
Nuclear submarine freed after running aground off Isle of Skye
Grounded nuclear sub HMS Astute docked for tests
FACTBOX-Britain’s Astute class submarines
HMS Astute (S119)

Well, at least they got her back underway with no apparent damage and no loss of life.

/I’m guessing Commander Coles won’t be in command much longer