it is quiet amazing – another incident we probably would have never heared off.
WikiLeaks released this report 2015. But that seems to have never been picked up by any Journalist.
This seems to be another game “italian mafia style”… expensive defense contracts… cash as much as you can – deliver as little as you must. Capitalism at work for the country or as Rumsfeld named it: “As you know, you go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.” (therefore refusing armored Humvees to soldiers in Iraq – that collected scrap metal and solder it to their unarmored Humvees… because when measured in US-Dollars a solider’s life or leg is worth less than an armored vehicle for the US of A)
“SEN. CHRISTOPHER DODD: This has been an ongoing question since the very outbreak of the conflict in Iraq. It’s as old as the conflict, going back when we learned that the Humvees that were going over there were not adequately armored.”
What you should NEVER DO IN ANY CASE is hand nuclear missiles over to WINDOWS XP!
“The worst fear for me isn’t prison or being assassinated, it’s the fear of sacrificing everything I have just to warn the public and yet never be heard.”
Update: Download the differences between the WikiLeaks original andthree subsequent statements of Royal Navy Able Seaman William McNeilly in May 2015 exposing safety and security issues with Trident nuclear weapons system here.
Update: Download the PDF for Trident whistleblower: nuclear ‘disaster waiting to happen’ here.
McNeilly says it was more difficult to get into some nightclubs than to gain access to Britain’s nuclear programme facility and, referring to a chronic shortage of personnel, suggested it was “a matter of time before we’re infiltrated by a psychopath or a terrorist”.
William McNeilly is a former Royal Navy weapons engineer on HMS Victorious, a Trident nuclear-powered submarine, who blew the whistle claiming its security lapses and technical faults exposed the UK nuclear deterrent to potential terrorist attacks. McNeilly wrote that there was a “massive cover-up” of the HMS Vanguard submarine colliding with a French nuclear submarine, Le Triomphant, in the Atlantic in February 2009.
Wikileaks reported a senior officer who was on HMS Vanguard at the time as saying:
“We thought, this is it, we’re all going to die.The French submarine took a massive chunk out of the front of HMS Vanguard and grazed down the side of the boat.The High Pressured Air (HPA) bottle groups were hanging off and banging against the pressure hull.We had to return to base port slowly, because if one of the HPA bottle groups exploded it would’ve created a chain reaction and sent the submarine plummeting to the bottom.Luckily the boat made it back safely for repair.There was a massive cover up of the incident.For the first time the ‘no personal electronic devices with a camera’ rule was enforced.”
“Four Vanguard-class submarines were designed and built at Barrow-in-Furness by Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering, now BAE Systems Submarine Solutions. The Devonshire Dock Hall was built specially for their construction. The missile compartment is based on the system used on the American Ohio class, although with capacity for only 16 missiles, rather than the 24 on board an Ohio boat. From the outset, Vanguard submarines were designed as nuclear-powered ballistic missile platforms able to accommodate the Trident II D-5. The boats are significantly larger than the Resolution class, and they are some of the largest submarines ever built, only eclipsed by the American Ohio and Russian Typhoon– and Borei-classes. The submarines run a version of Windows XP called Windows for Submarines.”
Most Linux systems run with less software, less resources, less overhead, less security flaws, less backdoors and updates-for-life.
In general: The less software you need – the better… what do you do if the spoolsv.exe hangs? Reboot the Submarine? You must be kidding me.
“Windows for Submarines is the programme undertaken by the Royal Navy and BAE Systems to equip the nuclear-propelled and nuclear-armed warship fleet with a Windows-based command system. The transition to the Windows for Submarines command system on HMS Vigilant, a Trident nuclear missile submarine, was completed in just 18 days.
The Windows for Submarines programme is an example of one of the many areas where Microsoft works in partnership with the MOD to ensure that our products have the resilience, security and communications efficiency required to operate effectively in challenging military environments.”
“UGM-133 Trident II D-5 is a submarine-launched ballistic missile built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Sunnyvale, California, and deployed with the U.S. Navy and the Royal Navy. The British government contributed five per cent of its development costs under the modified Polaris Sales Agreement. The development contract was issued in October 1983, and the first launch occurred in January 1987. The first submarine launch was attempted by the USS Tennessee in March 1989. This attempt failed because the plume of water following the missile rose to a greater height than expected, resulting in water being in the nozzle when the motor ignited. Once the problem was understood, simple changes were very quickly made, but the problem delayed the entry into service of Trident II until March 1990.
Trident II D-5 was designed to be more sophisticated than its predecessor, Trident I C-4, and has a greater payload capacity. All three stages of the Trident II D-5 are made of graphite epoxy, making the missile much lighter than its predecessor. The first test from a British Vanguard-class submarine took place in 1994. By February 2012, there had been a total of 137 successful test flights conducted by the two navies since 1989.  The missile is 13 metres (44 ft) long, weighs 58.5 tons (130,000 lb), has a range of 11,300 kilometres (7,000 mi), a top speed of over 21,600 km/h (13,400 mph) (Mach 17.4) and a CEP accuracy to within “a few feet”. It navigates using an inertial guidance system combined with star-sighting, and is not dependent on the American-run Global Positioning System (GPS).
While the theoretical capacity of the four Vanguard-class submarines is 64 missiles and 768 warheads, 58 missiles are leased from the United States. The UK leases the missiles from a general pool, together with the Atlantic squadron of the U.S. Navy Ohio-class SSBNs at King’s Bay, Georgia. The pool is ‘co-mingled’ and missiles are selected at random for loading on to either nation’s submarines.
In the 1990s, the total acquisition cost of the Trident programme was £9.8 billion, 38 per cent of which was incurred in the United States. In 2005–06, annual expenditure for the running and capital costs was estimated at between £1.2bn and £1.7bn and was estimated to rise to £2bn to £2.2bn in 2007–08, including Atomic Weapons Establishment costs. Since Trident became operational in 1994, annual expenditure has ranged between 3 and 4.5 per cent of the annual defence budget, and was projected to increase to 5.5 per cent of the defence budget by 2007–08. As of 2009, each missile cost the United States government nearly £16.8 million ($29.1 m) to build.
The Trident system is currently made up of 58 leased Trident II D-5 missiles, four Vanguard-class ballistic missile submarines and 160 operationally available nuclear warheads, together with command-and-control and other supporting infrastructure. Each submarine is armed with 8 missiles and a maximum of 40 warheads of variable yields.
The principle of Trident’s operation is known as Continuous At-Sea Deterrence (CASD), which means that at least one submarine is always on patrol. Another submarine is usually undergoing maintenance and the remaining two are in port or on training exercises. During a patrol, the submarine is required to remain silent and is allowed to make contact with the United Kingdom only in an emergency. It navigates using mapped contour lines of the ocean floor and patrols a series of planned “boxes” measuring several thousand square miles. A 1,000-metre-long aerial trails on the surface behind the submarine to pick up incoming messages. Intelligence is constantly relayed to the vessel, giving details of shipping movements and potentially hostile aircraft or submarines in the area. Most of the 150 crew never know where they are or where they have been.
Command and control
Only the prime minister or a designated survivor can authorise the missiles to be fired. These orders would likely be issued from the Pindar command bunker under Whitehall in central London. From there, the order would be relayed to the CTF 345 operations room at the Northwood Headquarters facility in Hertfordshire, the only facility allowed to communicate with the Vanguard commander on patrol. Two personnel are required to authenticate each stage of the process before launching, with the submarine commander only able to activate the firing trigger after two safes have been opened with keys held by the ship’s executive and weapons engineering officers.
At the end of the Cold War, the U.S. Navy installed devices on its submarines to prevent rogue commanders from persuading their crews to launch unauthorised nuclear attacks. These devices prevent an attack until a launch code has been sent by the chiefs of staff on behalf of the U.S. president. The Ministry of Defence chose not to install equivalent devices on Vanguard submarines on the grounds that an aggressor might be able to eliminate the British chain of command before a launch order could be sent.
The process by which a Trident submarine commander would determine whether the British government is functioning includes, among other checks, establishing whether BBC Radio 4 continues broadcasting. If the commander has reason to believe that the government has ceased to function, the letter of last resort written and signed by the prime minister would be retrieved from a safe bolted to the control room deck and its instructions followed.”
On the night between 3–4 February 2009, the two submarines collided in the Atlantic Ocean. On 6 February 2009, the French Ministry of Defence reported that Triomphant “collided with an immersed object (probably a container)” The UK Ministry of Defence initially would not comment that the incident took place. On 16 February 2009, the incident was confirmed by First Sea Lord Sir Jonathon Band, in response to a question at an unrelated event. Band said that the collision occurred at low speed, and that there had been no injuries. The French Ministry of Defence also stated that a collision “at a very low speed” had occurred, with no casualties.
Both vessels were damaged. Vanguard received damage to the outer casing in the area of the missile compartment on the starboard (right) side. Triomphant was initially said to have received damage to the active sonar dome under her bow, indicating that Triomphant ran into Vanguard from above and amidship, but was later reported as having received impacts to three parts of her structure, with her conning tower and the starboard sail plane attached to the conning tower visibly deformed by the incident. According to the Daily Telegraph, the cost of repairing the damage to both boats was expected to amount to up to £50 million. Both vessels returned to home bases under their own power, Vanguard to Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde in the Firth of Clyde, on 14 February 2009 and Triomphant to Île Longue in Brittany, escorted by a frigate as a normal procedure, although it is unclear whether this was an unplanned return following the incident.”
On 18 June 2015, William McNeilly was arrested after he broke cover with a lengthy Facebook statement in which he said he was preparing to turn himself over to the authorities. He said he lacked “the resources to remain undetected” after days on the run, in which he claimed to have moved between countries and swapped locations daily while using multiple aliases to maintain his cover.
A Royal Navy spokeswoman said on 19 June 2015:
- “We can confirm that AB McNeilly was apprehended last night and is now in the custody of the Royal Navy police at a military establishment in Scotland where he is being afforded the duty of care that we give to all of our people. The Royal Navy disagrees with McNeilly’s subjective and unsubstantiated personal views but we take the operation of our submarines and the safety of our personnel extremely seriously and so continue to fully investigate the circumstances of this issue.”
The charges against McNeilly were dropped, but he was given a dishonourable discharge in June 2015. He explained:
- “When I joined the Royal Navy, I had no idea that I was going to work with nuclear weapons. When I found out, I was happy. I used to think they were an essential tool in maintaining peace, by deterring war. It wasn’t until I saw the major safety and security issues that I realised the system is more of a threat than a deterrent.” Security must be tightened “above its current highest possible state until the missiles are removed,” he argued.
- “Now you’re being lied to about how safe and secure the nuclear weapons on your homeland are.”
… so cold war is back huh?
And guess who is going to “win” this cold war (at least short term)?
BAE, Lockheed Martin, Boeing and BigPharma selling you drugs to forget all this mess we are in.
DeathEconomy at it’s best. Why don’t you go ahead and take your kid on a walk around Fukushima? And then watch each other dying of incurable cancer, while others profit? A superb experience – was it worth the money?
The very Mafia will profits that installs the nuclear bombs that bring mankind again and again to the brink-of-extinction.
Whatever this is – it has nothing to do with intelligence – or the “sapiens” (wisdom) in homo-sapiens – more with homo-party-til-you-die-stupid.
Mankind, you never stop learning – til you die i guess.
It would be just humane to say – those psychopaths should not have kids or pets.