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Heads Up, Florida: Report Alleges Misfire of British Missile

Theresa May under fire for reported cover-up

(Newser) - The US apparently has to worry not only about enemies abroad, but old allies as well. The Times of London reports that a British nuclear submarine test-fired a missile off the Florida coast last June that malfunctioned and "may have veered" toward the American mainland. Two good things prevented... More »

Sailor Who Took Photos on Nuclear Sub Is Headed to Prison

Kristian Saucier says he wanted to show his family what he did in the Navy

(Newser) - A Navy sailor was sentenced Friday to a year in prison for taking photos of classified areas inside a nuclear attack submarine while it was in port in Connecticut, the AP reports. Kristian Saucier pleaded guilty in May to unauthorized detention of defense information and had faced five to six... More »

Sailor Guilty of Spy Charge Cites Clinton Emails

Kristian Saucier asks for leniency over classified sub photos

(Newser) - A sailor who photographed classified areas inside a nuclear sub finds it deeply unfair that he's probably on his way to prison while Hillary Clinton might be on her way to the White House. Petty Officer 1st Class Kristian Saucier, 29, pleaded guilty in May this year to retaining... More »

Ship at Heart of 'Strangest' CIA Mission to Meet Its End

Ship was part of 'biggest and strangest' Cold War covert operation

(Newser) - More than 40 years after it was the centerpiece of what PRI calls "possibly the biggest and strangest covert operation" of the Cold War, a piece of CIA history is headed for the scrap heap. After the Soviet Union failed to find one of its nuclear submarines that sank... More »

How Howard Hughes Helped CIA Hunt a Sunken Sub

The public believed he was crazy enough to do it

(Newser) - Howard Hughes: billionaire, aviator, engineer … and CIA asset? Yep. Hughes once provided the necessary cover for a secret operation codenamed Project AZORIAN, in which the CIA tried to retrieve a Soviet sub from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean without anyone being the wiser, the Houston Chronicle reports. The... More »

Now Navy Faces Nuke Cheating Scandal

Sailors accused of cheating on nuclear reactor tests

(Newser) - Dozens of sailors have been accused of cheating on exams on a subject in which one would really hope they'd be expert: How to operate nuclear reactors. In the latest cheating scandal to hit the military, the chief of the Navy's nuclear propulsion program says at least 30... More »

China Will Have Nuclear Subs in 2 Years

New subs could be deployed within 2 years

(Newser) - China's nuclear arsenal is getting larger—and going deeper. Within two years, the Chinese will have submarines capable of launching nuclear missiles, according to a draft report headed Congress' way. And not only is China the only current nuclear power looking to expand its repertoire, but developing such an... More »

Navy Ship, Sub Collide Off Fla. Coast

USS Montpelier hit by Navy cruiser as it was ascending

(Newser) - A nuclear-powered submarine belonging to the US Navy chose the wrong moment to stick its head up yesterday: The USS Montpelier was apparently ascending to periscope depth in waters off the coast of Jacksonville, reports the Navy Times , when it collided with the USS San Jacinto, an Aegis class Navy... More »

Navy: Sub Commander Faked Death to End Affair

He loses his command of nuclear submarine

(Newser) - The commander of a nuclear submarine tried to concoct an ingenious plan to get himself out a jam, but the Hunt for Red October this is not. The Navy says Cmdr. Michael P. Ward II tried to end an affair by sending a fake email from a guy named "... More »

Navy: Worker Set $400M Sub Fire to Get Out of Work

Casey James Fury admits to setting 2 fires

(Newser) - That fire on the USS Miami that caused $400 million in damage in May? Turns out it may not have been caused by a vacuum after all. Navy investigators say civilian laborer Casey James Fury actually set the fire ... because he wanted to leave work early. Fury now faces two... More »

Iran: We're Building a Nuclear Sub

Project can be used to justify nuclear enrichment

(Newser) - Iran says it has begun building a nuclear submarine—a move which conveniently gives it an excuse to enrich uranium to above weapons grade. An Iranian rear admiral announced the project in Iran's state-run Fars News Agency yesterday, and went out of his way to remind reporters that powering... More »

Nuke Sub's $400M Fire Blamed on ... Vacuum

Fire affected forward section of attack sub

(Newser) - The fire that caused $400 million in damage to a US nuclear submarine last month may have been caused by no greater a menace than a vacuum cleaner. That is the preliminary result of a naval investigation of the May 24 fire, which occurred while the USS Miami was in... More »

Cheating Rampant in Navy's Submarine Crews: Report

Commander, tenth of USS Memphis crew fired

(Newser) - The Navy discovered cheating so widespread among one of its nuclear submarine crews that it fired the commander of the USS Memphis and 10% of its crew, according to a report obtained by the AP . Sailors were emailed the answers before qualification exams and openly asked their officers for answer... More »

British Sailor on Nuclear Sub Kills Officer: Police

Another person badly wounded; terrorism not suspected

(Newser) - A British sailor aboard a nuclear-powered submarine apparently shot dead a crew member and seriously wounded another today while the vessel was on a goodwill visit to an English port. The suspect was overpowered by colleagues and visiting dignitaries aboard HMS Astute and arrested on suspicion of murder. Police and... More »

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