Royal Navy's nuclear sub stranded in port after fire

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    Royal Navy's nuclear sub stranded in port after fire

    The Royal Navy's new £1.3billion nuclear sub - said to be more hi-tech than the space shuttle - is stranded in port after a fire on board.

    HMS Astute's two-week sea trial off the west coast of Scotland was halted after just one day following an electrical blaze, defence sources say.

    The embarrassing revelation is the latest blow to hit the submarine, which was finished four years late and at a cost of almost double the original budget.

    It was finally handed over by contractors BAE defence systems to the Navy last year - but there is still no date for it to enter active service.

    The fire is the second blaze to hit the vessel. It first caught on fire before it even left its shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, last year.

    A source said: "No one wants to even guess when it will be officially passed as sea-worthy and put into active service.

    "It's fast earning the title SS Calamity, due to the number of fires and technical meltdowns it has suffered."

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