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HMS Tireless BOI report released


Lantern Swinger
The Ministry of Defence has today released the Board of Inquiry (BOI) report into the tragic loss of two Royal Navy Submariners, and the injury of a third, following an explosion onboard HMS Tireless on 21 March 2007.

LINK - BOI report (PDF) via that page


PS Link corrected. Also, please note sgtpepperband's later comment.

Tributes have quite rightly been paid to the whole Ship's Company of HMS Tireless over this very difficult incident. US forces, especially the helicopter pilot who volunteered to do the casevac at night over the ice cap, were also thanked and NASA have been particularly helpful with the scientific investigation.

Todays Times

Looks like cost cutting, failure to supervise stores and lack of any kind of mangement has led to the deaths of these two young lads.

This is the Navy who's PR department tell us how expert and professional they are.



War Hero
Jack77 said:
I take it this is a different design of O2 generator than that in the O Boats?

The old brass generators were removed a good few years ago, and these stand-alone Self-Contained Oxygen Generators are quite different.

They come in a square (with rounded corners) tin, with vents a relief and a fitting for the firing cartridge concealed under a sealed cover, which is removed before use. They have thermally insulated holders to house them when in use, but do not need to be in these holders to operate.


War Hero
Book Reviewer
Due to professional integrity I am unable to contribute further to this thread; suffice to say this matter is ongoing.
Nutty said:
Looks like cost cutting, failure to supervise stores and lack of any kind of mangement has led to the deaths of these two young lads.

Not necessarily cost cutting but normal stores management gone wrong. These Candles have a long service life; about 10 years, and it would be normal to take A1 returns back on Store charge. The clever part is distinguishing Serviceable from Repairable and not treating them as hazardous scrap. The allegedly falsified paperwork is truly a worry.

On the Today programme at 0830A (ish), V Adml Soar was speaking about the equipment failure, stressing that he's also a former sun dodger. (Note, that URL will change before Tomorrow's programme goes out)
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