Confidential documents relating to a new British submarine have been found in the toilet of a pub in Barrow-in-Furness, The Sun newspaper revealed on Saturday. The navy launched an investigation but said there was no top secret information.
According to the newspaper, documents labeled “officially confidential” were lying on the floor in one of the restroom stalls after a rather noisy night at the pub. They were intended to show the workings of HMS Anson’s interior and were used by sailors who were trained to depressurize components of her system.
The pub where the documents were found is a short distance from the shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, where the ship was built. HMS Anson is an Astute-class nuclear-powered strike submarine with a cost of £1.3bn. She is currently undergoing tests before being officially included in the class as the fifth ship of this class Royal Navy.
The documents were not supposed to contain any secret information about the operation of the ship
The British Ministry of Defense says the Astute-class submarines are the largest, most advanced and most powerful strike submarines ever operated by the Royal Navy and can circumnavigate the globe without surfacing.
A Royal Navy spokesman said there was no secret information about the ship’s operation in the documents left behind. – These are general training documents that do not carry any classified information. However, we take all security issues extremely seriously and will investigate the circumstances of their discovery,” he said.
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