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Entire UK Attack Submarine Fleet Non-Operational, Cannot Protect Borders

© AP Photo / Ben Sutton, Royal Navy, hoIn this image made available by the Ministry of Defence in London, Monday Oct. 18, 2010, the sun rises over the Royal Navy nuclear attack submarine HMS Triumph, as she comes into a naval base on the River Clyde in Scotland, early Sunday Oct. 17, 2010
In this image made available by the Ministry of Defence in London, Monday Oct. 18, 2010, the sun rises over the Royal Navy nuclear attack submarine HMS Triumph, as she comes into a naval base on the River Clyde in Scotland, early Sunday Oct. 17, 2010 - Sputnik International
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The entire British attack submarine fleet is reportedly non-operational at the moment and cannot protect the UK waters.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — All seven nuclear submarines are currently out of operation, the Sun reported, citing a source in the Royal Navy.

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Five submarines, including HMS Triumph, Torbay, Artful, Talent and Trenchant, are under repair after breaking down while HMS Ambush is being fixed after crashing into a merchant ship in the Gibraltar area in July 2016.

According to the media outlet, HMS Astute is the only submarine at sea but it is still being tested. As it will be ready to perform the tasks in weeks, the British Navy is not capable of defending the borders now.

Astute-class submarines, costing 1.2 billion pounds ($1.5 billion) each, are said to be the most powerful submarines in the Royal Navy, designed for targeting enemy warships.

Another type of submarines equipped with ballistic missiles, called Vanguard, is operational, but there are only four of them at the Navy’s disposal. It is believed to be the first time in decades the United Kingdom has had no attack submarines ready.

British Prime Minister Theresa May reportedly has not been informed of the situation.

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