Australian news, and some related international items

Risks of ‘human error”? – murder on nuclear submarine

The submarine, which was completed four years late and massively over budget, has been hit by problems since it was commissioned into the Navy in August 2010. – C.M. 
Sailor jailed for nuclear submarine murder, Google News, (AFP) 20 Sept 11,   LONDON — A sailor was jailed for 25 years on Monday for shooting dead an officer in a rampage on a nuclear-powered submarine that only came to an end when council officials overpowered him.

Able Seaman Ryan Samuel Donovan, 23, pleaded guilty to killing Lieutenant Commander Ian Molyneux, 36, with an assault rifle when the HMS Astute was docked in Southampton on April 8.

Donovan also admitted the attempted murders of Petty Officer Christopher Brown, 36, Chief Petty Officer David McCoy, 37, and Lieutenant Commander Christopher Hodge, 45….

Prosecutor Nigel Lickley told the court Donovan had told a colleague more than a year earlier that he was planning a “massacre” in the submarine’s control room…..

HMS Astute made headlines in October when it ran aground off the coast of Scotland and had to be towed home….

September 20, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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