These include those that are in afloat storage at Devonport and Rosyth dockyards. The MoD said: “Submarines in afloat storage are maintained safely, in a similar way to operational submarines. As they age, however, and as further submarines leave service, the cost to the taxpayer of maintaining them is rising significantly, and space to store them is running out.
This consultation will seek the public’s views on the proposals that have been developed by the MOD’s Submarine Dismantling Project for dismantling and disposing of the submarines in a safe, secure and environmentally responsible way. It will seek views on the three key decisions that need to be made about submarine dismantling: How the radioactive material is to be removed from the submarines; Where the removal of the radioactive material from the submarines is carried out; Which type of site is to be used to store the radioactive waste that is awaiting disposal.
The consultation period ends on Feb 17.