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10 Apr, 2019 12:48

UK shipyard evacuated amid reports of a bomb on a nuclear submarine - operator

UK shipyard evacuated amid reports of a bomb on a nuclear submarine - operator

A shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness in northern England that builds nuclear submarines has been evacuated, after a bomb warning, according to the operator, BAE systems.

Police were alerted around 9am on Wednesday morning, after an anonymous tip-off warning that there was a bomb on one of the Astute class vessels at BAE Systems' shipyard in Barrow, according to The Mail.

“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.”

Some 1,700 employees were evacuated from the scene as Cumbria Police moved in to investigate the incident. Ambulances are at the scene.

Devonshire Dock Hall is where the UK defense and security firm is constructing the final three attack submarines of Britain’s newest fleet.

Astute-class submarines are the latest generation of nuclear-powered attack submarines in service with the British Royal Navy. The £1.4 billion ($1.7bn) vessels are 318ft long and weigh up to 8,200 tons – armed with an arsenal of cruise missiles and torpedos.

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