Britain to test fire nuke missile in major show-of-force with sub launching 44ft Trident 2 for first time since 2016

February 01, 2024

Officials issued a warning to shipping as nuclear submarine HMS Vanguard sailed into the Atlantic this week. HMS Vanguard left Plymouth last year after a £500 million overhaul that took three years longer than planned. The Sun revealed that contractors who repairing HMS Vanguard bodged repairs in the reactor chamber by gluing broken bolts back together. In 2016 her sister sub HMS Vengeance had a Trident missile misfire after a similar refurb. 5 A Trident II D5 Missile breaking the surface, having been fired from HMS Vanguard in 2006 Credit: Crown Copyright