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UK ‘may not have enough sailors to crew subs’

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

“…BRITAIN risks not having enough sailors to man its submarine fleet including those armed with nuclear missiles, according to internal defence documents.

It is among a range of threats to the UK’s defence nuclear programme identified in heavily censored papers published under the Freedom of Information Act.

A shortage of personnel with technical nuclear skills is highlighted as a particular concern, in the face of growing demand from the civil industry.

Naval job losses as part of sweeping military cutbacks are unlikely to have helped problems of recruitment and retention.

The threat of shortfall in the submarine service was revealed in the risk register by the Defence Nuclear Executive Board (DNEB).

Under the ‘risk’ of submarine manpower, the report states: “There is a risk that the RN will not have sufficient suitably qualified and experienced personnel (SQEP) to be able to support the manning requirement of the submarine fleet.”….”

August 26, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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