Investigation Launched After Alleged Sabotage on Royal Navy Warship

Investigation Launched After Alleged Sabotage on Royal Navy Warship

An investigation has been launched after an alleged incident of sabotage on a next-generation Royal Navy warship at a Scottish shipyard. HMS Glasgow, the first of the new series of Type 26 frigates, had a number of cables intentionally damaged and were discovered earlier this week, according to defence contractor BAE systems.

Internal Investigation Commenced

BAE systems spokesperson said that they have initiated an internal investigation, alongside their suppliers, and temporarily paused work on the ship to inspect every area of the vessel to ensure that their high standards and quality controls are met. The normal operations have now resumed, and an assessment is under way to identify the extent of the damage and scope the repairs needed.

First of its Kind

The first of its kind, HMS Glasgow is designed to be an adaptable, future-proofed ship, says the Navy. It is the first of eight Type 26 frigates being built by BAE systems in Glasgow. HMS Cardiff and HMS Belfast are also under construction with HMS Glasgow and are expected to enter service in the late-2020s. BAE systems did not confirm a motive for the damage or who it suspected was responsible. However, according to the UK Defence Journal, more than 60 cables were severed.


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