But it costs £30 million a year to maintain and store the subs and dismantling all 27 is expected to cost more than £3 billion.
The Ministry of Defence has faced heavy criticism for the delays in getting rid of the subs – Dreadnought was retired in the 1980s and has been at Rosyth longer than she was in service.
Dunfermline and West Fife MP Douglas Chapman said: “Progress to dismantle the nuclear submarines at Rosyth has been glacially slow and come at a huge cost to the taxpayer.
“For years, the Government has dragged its heels and treated these submarines as an after-thought, rather than a priority.
“Following COVID, I am again meeting with the Labour MP for Devonport, Luke Pollard, and we will be redoubling our efforts to insist the Royal Navy and the submarine agency live up to their promises.”
Ms Bruce said: “We knew 20 years ago we had to do something and although I agree that seems a long time, it’s worth it to make sure it’s done safely and in a way that is environmentally-friendly.
“And it is getting the problem sorted. We don’t want to leave waste for future generations to have to deal with.”
— Read on www.dunfermlinepress.com/news/19934615.rosyth-nuclear-sub-recycled-scrap-metal-global-first/
Obviously…does Australia need this kind infatuation? As it’s less than 40km from where Morrison attended COP26, do we believe he didn’t take a look at option of renting one of these dinosaurs, considering new sub waiting list 10years, then build time 10 more years. Beyond expense, too big and noisy for dscrapping 27 of them – 21 of which are already decommissioned.
Nukes too big and noisy for Defence and likely make Australia target for nuke weapon adversary. Diesel electric stealth best defence in our coastal waters.