Guardian: "Flaws In Nuclear Submarine Reactors Could Be Fatal, Secret Report Warns"

Joe_Crow

War Hero
I take it this John Large character is a bite.
I don't know. Some people have a google alert set up so that whenever their name crops up, like Betelgeuse, they are able to appear as if by magic. JL strikes me as the kind of person who would do this.

Asdrúbal el Bello, who I thought might have been a sock-puppet, seems to be a genuine (if Spanish) poster who frequents other sites of a similar nature.
 

Rigsby

Lantern Swinger
I have just watched this John Large fellow on the C4 news

there was a brief moment when the microphone appeared to fail................just a shame that it did not fail for the remainder of the interview

Question - the underwater launch VT - the underside of the hatch appeared to have 'russian insignia'?
 
During the Tireless repair, Muzza (God rest his soul) had to take Large to one side in Gib, whilst they suspended the meeting, to explain to him how the pressuriser works. We expect young dabbers to have this level of understanding, and many of them have little in the way of formal educational qualifications, so what does this say about the validity of his views?
I heard about a certain MESM Captain who, at the time of Tireless, requested an explanation of how the pressurising system on PWR1 worked!

BTW who is/was "Muzza" ?
 
"Muzza was a Scottish WO2 MESM who I and Joe sailed with. He went outside time done and sadly he died in a RTA a couple of years ago.

Edit, Sometimes in the RN you never know what somebodies first name is. Neil Murray I think. "

I know who you mean now, I came across him when he was on NPSupC - a "character".

I seem to recall he was one of those chaps who didn't wear knicks; I remember him in the car park at Rolls Royce, Derby after a course visit and before he went north for the weekend. He stripped off his uniform to change into his civvies, and yes he did not wear knicks!
 

Subsunk

Lantern Swinger
Book Reviewer
All fair comments, however after the tsunami and its effects we'll probably end up considering this article to be the golden age of enlightened techno-savvy. There's already some Greenpeace 'expert' giving it large about 'plutonium neutronics' and their effects. Stand by for more of the same but with added stupid.
 

soleil

War Hero
It's actually been a very busy time for nuclear experts really. The specialist who was mentioned in the Guardian/Channel 4 News feature is now advising the UK and foreign media on the problems at the nuclear power plant in Japan.
 

pg55555

Lantern Swinger
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First the bad news - in amongst a lot of bearded academics (geomorphologists and nuclear scientists) unfortunately Mr Large was spreading his panic messages on various BBC news reports (radio, and TV).

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I thought it ironic that the Japanese nuclear accident reveals that the article's " ... Current designs of UK and global civil power plants have systems for safety injection of coolant into the reactor pressure vessel head and passive core cooling systems," he adds. "UK submarines compare poorly with these benchmarks, with the ability to tolerate only a structural failure equivalent to a …" ......." was somewhat optimistic.


And, it does indicate that wars should be fought at least 1.5km from civilians ; "....... a significant risk to life to those in close proximity and a public safety hazard out to 1.5km from the submarine ...." - so remember, don't use your nuclear submarine on the local boating pond.

AND - as for " .... There was also a risk of "multiple fatalities" from submarines failing to surface, he says. ..." - would've thought !

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Joe_Crow

War Hero
It's actually been a very busy time for nuclear experts really. The supposed specialist who was mentioned in the Guardian/Channel 4 News feature is now 'advising' the UK and foreign media on the problems at the nuclear power plant in Japan. :roll:
Fixed that for you.
 

Subsunk

Lantern Swinger
Book Reviewer
It's actually been a very busy time for nuclear experts really. The specialist who was mentioned in the Guardian/Channel 4 News feature is now advising the UK and foreign media on the problems at the nuclear power plant in Japan.
Can we replace 'advising' with 'walting for the benefit of?'

In the interests of accuracy, like.
 
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