: British nuclear submarine collides with merchant vessel off Gibraltar

14:18 Jul. 21, 2016

British nuclear submarine collides with merchant vessel off Gibraltar

HMS Ambush (Photo source: LA(Phot) Stu Hill/MOD)

UK defence ministry assures there "are no safety concerns"

A British nuclear submarine docked in Gibraltar after it collided with a merchant vessel off the coast of the territory located on Spain's southern tip, AFP reported referring to the Britain's defence ministry.

"The submarine suffered some external damage but there is absolutely no damage to her nuclear plant and no member of the ship's company was injured in the incident," the ministry said in a statement.

"We are in contact with the merchant vessel and initial indications are that it has not sustained damage," it added.

The HMS Ambush submarine was submerged and carrying out a training exercise when it collided with the merchant vessel on Wednesday afternoon.

It arrived in Gibraltar later the same day to undergo further checks, the ministry said.

The HMS Ambush has the capacity to carry a mix of up to 38 Spearfish heavyweight torpedoes and Tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles, and can target enemy submarines, surface ships and land targets with pinpoint accuracy, according to the defence ministry's website.

The submarine is a regular visitor to Gibraltar, having stopped in the territory last month and i March.

The defence ministry said there "are no safety concerns" associated with the presence of the HMS Ambush in Gibraltar, and that it has opened an "immediate investigation" into the collision.

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