Nuclear submarines: MoD criticised over submarine disposal - reports the BBC

The Ministry of Defence has been criticised over its failure to dispose of 20 obsolete nuclear submarines.

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Nine of the vessels still contain nuclear fuel, according to the government spending watchdog, the National Audit Office (NAO).

Failing to get rid of them risked the UK's reputation as a responsible nuclear power, the chairwoman of the Commons Public Accounts Committee said.

The MoD said it would dispose of them "as soon as practically possible".

According to the NAO, the department has not dismantled any of the submarines it has decommissioned since 1980.

In that time, the government has spent an estimated £500m storing the retired vessels in Rosyth, Fife, and Devonport, Devon.

The estimated cost of fully disposing of a submarine is £96m, the NAO said.