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Navy rating held over fatal shooting on submarine

By Terri Judd

A royal Navy officer was killed and another seriously injured after a shooting on board Britain's newest nuclear-powered submarine yesterday.



The shooting happened as local dignitaries, including Mayor Carol Cunio, were on board for an official visit while HMS Astute was docked at Southampton on a five-day goodwill visit.

Sources said an able seaman had fired on the officer with a SA80 rifle after an argument during a changeover of sailors guarding the sub, killing him and injuring another officer.

Ministry of Defence police tackled the gunman to the ground before handing him over to Hampshire Constabulary yesterday afternoon. One of the submariners was taken to Southampton General Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The other died at the scene.

It is the latest incident to plague the £1.2bn submarine, which was launched last year as the most |advanced vessel of its kind — only to run aground off the Isle of Skye.

“Two Royal Navy personnel have been involved in a firearms incident at Southampton docks where HMS Astute is alongside,” an MoD spokesman said last night.

“Sadly, one has now died as a result of his injuries. A third Royal Navy serviceman has been arrested by Hampshire Constabulary and is now in custody.

“This incident was not terrorist-related and there is no threat to the wider public.”

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