HMS Cornwall (F 99) transits through the Persian Gulf in 2007. Photo: US Navy
Navy top brass failed to act on warnings of Iranian aggression, leaving British sailors vulnerable to a surprise attack that resulted in 15 of them being taken hostage in Tehran, according to a secret report.
The incident in March 2007 was described at the time as a “national embarrassment” after sailors from HMS Cornwall were paraded on Iranian television and then the Ministry of Defence allowed the returning prisoners to sell their stories to a tabloid newspaper.
During their captivity the sailors, including the first British servicewoman to be captured since the Second World War, were forced to make propaganda statements on Iranian television.
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A Trident Submarine. Image: Crown Copyright
Defence officials are considering the appointment of an American contractor to run the construction of Britain’s four new nuclear missile submarines.
The Ministry of Defence confirmed last week that it was looking to shake up the procurement process for the planned £20bn project, which is highly contentious politically.
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Computer graphic of the new type 26 Global Combat Ship. Image : BAe systems
A multi-billion pound deal to build a new generation of Royal Navy combat ships on the Clyde has hit stormy waters.
Shipbuilders at Scotstoun and Govan yards are poised to begin work on 13 Type 26 frigates but the £4bn deal is mired in delays because of a dispute over costs between the Ministry of Defence and the contractor, BAE Systems.
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