The Royal Navy has begun an investigation into a devastating report by Navy whistleblower William McNeilly, who stated that he has witnessed a host of safety violations and security lapses in the course of his training with the Trident program.
McNeilly, a 25-year-old Navy seaman who went on patrol with the HMS Victorious between January and April, alleged that the Trident system is vulnerable to infiltration and terrorist attack.
“We are so close to a nuclear disaster it is shocking, and yet everybody is accepting the risk to the public. If we don’t act now lives could be lost for generations,” McNeilly noted. “It’s just a matter of time before we’re infiltrated by a psychopath or a terrorist,” he added.
McNeilly’s report, entitled “The Secret Nuclear Threat,” alleged 30 safety and security flaws of various severity, from failures in missile testing to fire hazards, to seawater leaks, to bags going unchecked during security inspections, to safety alarms being muted and ignored.
The Royal Navy’s response to McNeilly’s criticisms stated that his report contains “a number of subjective and unsubstantiated personal views…with which the Naval Service completely disagrees,” adding that “submarines do not go to sea unless they are completely safe.”
Stating that McNeilly’s report does “not pose any security risk to our personnel or operations,” the Ministry of Defense is nonetheless working with the police to locate him.
Full article: Britain’s Nuclear Deterrent is ‘Disaster Waiting to Happen’ – Whistleblower (Sputnik News)