Submarines collide in Atlantic

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LONDON (Reuters) – Two nuclear-armed submarines, one British and one French, collided underwater while on separate patrols in the Atlantic Ocean, the head of the Royal Navy said on Monday.

The nuclear-powered submarines collided earlier this month but there was no damage to the vessels’ weapons, said First Sea Lord Admiral Jonathon Band, head of the Royal Navy.

British and French officials have so far failed to explain how two sophisticated vessels from allied nations could collide in open water, a highly unusual event that is deeply embarrassing for both navies.


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