According to Navy Times, our British friends managed to release sensitive information about UK & US nuclear submarines regarding nuclear reactor safety concerns. Read it all and wonder if it was a genuine mistake, or someone has an axe to grind. My jaded self tends more to the latter.
By Sam Fellman – Staff writer
The leakage of a few closely held facts about America’s silent service comes from an unlikely source: its closest ally.
The secrecy gaffe can be traced to the British Parliament, which in April posted an advisory report about nuclear reactor safety in Royal Navy submarines on its website. The report, classified “Restricted,” contained about two pages that had not been properly redacted, including some details about U.S. subs.
The report was written to help U.K. defense officials choose a propulsion plant for the Royal Navy’s next generation of ballistic subs. Parliament staff, responding to an open records request, blacked out sections of the document electronically, but left the text itself underneath. As a result, anyone could copy and paste the block of text into another document and see what was covered up, the Daily Star Sunday reported April 17. (The U.K. Ministry of Defence told the publication it was “grateful” for the notification.)
The report was taken down, correctly redacted and re-posted, but other websites subsequently posted the original item. Navy Times is not publishing the quotes, but in general terms, the report concludes that Royal Navy subs fall short of best practices in two of the worst casualties in a nuclear-powered sub: loss of the reactor’s primary coolant and loss of ship control.
In times like these it is important that everyone remember we are at war. Loose lips sink ships and all that. It’s hard enough to keep the secrets we need to keep without having to worry about the nonchalance with which some folks treat that information.
The bear is always watching…….