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Answers needed on submarine near miss

The revelation that a nuclear-powered submarine was involved in a near miss with a local ferry will cause understandable alarm.

Although this incident took place on November 6, the fact that the Stena VII Superfast ferry, which travels between Belfast and Cairnryan, came within 'close proximity' to a submarine operating at periscope depth, has only now come to light.

Following a review of evidence in the case, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch has decided to carry out a safety investigation into the incident, which clearly had the potential to be extremely serious.

It is essential the Royal Navy provides full cooperation and all relevant information to the investigation and the findings are put into the public domain.

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