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British Shipyard Evacuated After Bomb Threat

File photo: Astute Class submarines being built at BAE Systems’ shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness in 2013 (Photo: UK Royal Navy)

A shipyard in northern England that builds Britain's new generation of nuclear submarines was evacuated on Wednesday after what a local news website said was a bomb warning.

Ambulances and police were on the scene in Barrow-in-Furness in northwestern England. The defense ministry declined to comment.

"As a precaution, the Devonshire Dock Complex has been closed," a spokeswoman for BAE Systems said. "Staff, contractors and local residents are being kept informed."

An unidentified source told The Mail, a Barrow-in-Furness-based publication known previously as the North-West Evening Mail, that staff had been evacuated after a warning about a bomb on an Astute-class nuclear attack submarine.

Barrow-in-Furness makes the new generation of four Dreadnought-class ballistic missile submarines that will eventually replace the Vanguard class which form the basis of the United Kingdom's Trident nuclear deterrent.

Dreadnought-class submarines will measure 153 metres long, with a displacement of 17,200 tonnes, and have a PWR3 nuclear reactor.

BAE Systems, Rolls Royce and Babcock are the main industrial partners in the 31-billion pound ($41 billion) Dreadnought project.


(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, Kate Holton and Paul Sandle; editing by Stephen Addison)

Apr 10, 2019

 

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