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Still playing war games

The recent collision of the British and French nuclear submarines in the Atlantic Ocean has been widely reported and there has been considerable astonishment that it could happen. The fact that both boats were operating without their sonar systems was obviously a contributing factor. And it is understandable that the sonar systems cannot be used if the submarines do not want to be detected. Fortunately, the collision was tangentential and there was no human injury or nuclear mishap, but it could so easiy have been different

It took columnist Gwynne Dyer to ask the question: Why are these missile-firing submarines – carrying sixteen ballistic missiles, each of which can deliver several nuclear warheads at intercontinental range – patrolling, fully armed, without using their solar systems, 20 years after the end of the Cold War?

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  1. “It took columnist Gwynne Dyer to ask the question: Why are these missile-firing submarines – carrying sixteen ballistic missiles, each of which can deliver several nuclear warheads at intercontinental range – patrolling, fully armed, without using their solar systems, 20 years after the end of the Cold War?”
    The answer is simple: the power.

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