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Author Topic: Memo sent in June blames cost-cutting for widespread corrosion on HMS Astute  (Read 1325 times)
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« on: 20 November 2012, 20:58:41 »

Memo sent in June blames cost-cutting for widespread corrosion on HMS Astute
guardian.co.uk, Friday 16 November 2012 18.03 GMT   

This is the text of a memo sent by a senior Ministry of Defence official to the chief engineer on the Royal Navy's submarine programmes, Dr John van Griethuysen, who reports directly to the head of submarines, Rear Admiral Simon Lister.

The memo was sent on 20 June and is an appraisal of four documents that relate to HMS Astute and HMS Ambush. The author starts by referencing the papers he is reviewing and then "discusses" his findings.

QA stands for Quality Assurance – the standard required to ensure components are fitted correctly.

The author notes that corrosion is widespread on the HMS Astute, has already affected HMS Ambush, and says action is required now to stop parts on the final four submarines suffering from the same problems.


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