Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Military Space News .

Catastrophe averted: How UK nuke sub crew cheated death
by Staff Writers
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Jun 11, 2014

The nuclear powered submarine HMS Turbulent. Photo courtesy AFP.

The crew of a UK submarine had a close brush with death when an air-conditioning failure caused temperatures to soar, it has emerged. Catastrophe was averted after the submarine dived down 200 meters into cooler waters.

It has been revealed HMS Turbulent was hit by a potentially disastrous situation while on patrol in the Indian Ocean three years ago. The vessel's air conditioning system became clogged, causing temperatures to rocket to 60C (140F).

"I genuinely thought there was going to be a loss of life on board," commanding officer Ryan Ramsey told the Plymouth Herald, describing how crewmembers were collapsing everywhere, many still at their work stations.

"It was absolutely terrifying, and I'm not afraid to say I was scared. I remember looking at a picture of my family quickly thinking, 'We need to pull through this.'"

Ramsey said he became desperate after opening the submarine's hatches failed to alleviate the crisis situation. Systems had begun to fail all over the submarine and "every free space" had been turned into makeshift sickbays to cater for crew suffering from heat sickness. Ramsey was on the bridge of the submarine when disaster struck.

"I came down below and I was met with this incredible blast of heat," Ramsey said, adding that he went to the cabin of the first submariner, whom he found shaking and crying on the floor after collapsing.

Ramsey and the crew could do little to fix the situation as the equipment in the problem areas was too hot to touch. Also, the captain said, the submarine could not return to dock at Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, as turning up with a broken nuclear vessel could give rise to "political issues."

"I felt like the world was against us. I was looking up and asking 'When are you going to give me a break to gain the upper hand here?' People were crying, and it was all about survival."

Faced with no other option, Ramsey ordered the submarine to dive into deeper waters. At around 200 meters the temperatures in the submarines began to cool and systems began coming online again.

It turned out the air conditioning system had been bunged up by crustaceans during the vessel's deployment in Fujairah.

"There's not a day that goes by that I do not think about what happened. The pain of seeing my crew like that," said Ramsey who decided to speak about the incident three years after to show "how amazing and incredible the service is."

The systems failure that occurred on HMS Turbulent was so rare that the Royal Navy has now included the scenario in its submarine training program.

Source: Voice of Russia


Related Links
Subs at UK
Naval Warfare in the 21st Century

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Japan, Australia eye sub deal and closer military ties
Tokyo (AFP) June 08, 2014
A huge submarine deal is on the table this week when Japan and Australia meet to shore up their military relationship, as the security architecture of the Asia-Pacific shifts to meet the challenge of a rising China. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera will play hosts in Tokyo on Wednesday to Julie Bishop and David Johnston, their respective opposite ... read more

US MDA and Northrop Grumman Conduct Wargame to Improve Understanding of BMD Complexity

US seeks greater missile defense cooperation by Japan, South Korea

Land-based variant of Aegis tested

Canadian missile defense radar to be operated, maintained by Raytheon

Combined Diehl, Elbit missile counter-measures for Germany's A400Ms

British helicopters getting new missile warning system

Australian military gives JASSM final operational capability status

Lockheed Martin Demonstrates Javelin Firing From Turret in UK Test

New honor for Global Hawk UAS

Elbit named preferred provider of unmanned aerial system

Barriers to UAVs in US airspace

Kenya drone ban hits anti-poaching efforts

Raytheon awarded contratc for USAF FAB-T satellite terminal program

Mutualink's Fusion Kit Enables On-the-Go Interoperability

NATO agency extends Globalcomms services

Rockwell supplying radios, satellite terminals to Canadian military

Optosecurity, Smiths Detection in new agreement

Audit reveals 'systemic' access to care woes for US veterans

U.S. Military orders ammunition from ATK Defense Group

New Pentagon contracts for OMNITEC Solutions Inc

Britain's military moves to broaden supplier base

Worldwide logistic support worldwide for military hightlighted by Northrop Grumman

Russia lifts arms embargo to Pakistan: report

US court: weapons treaty doesn't apply to love triangle

Pentagon report ignores China's peaceful defense policy

China decries Vietnam-Philippines island games as 'farce'

China to join US-led naval drill for first time: PLA

US deploys 2 B-2 bombers to Europe for exercises

Design of self-assembling protein nanomachines starts to click

Targeting tumors using silver nanoparticles

Evolution of a Bimetallic Nanocatalyst

Stem cells are a soft touch for nano-engineered biomaterials

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.