HC Deb 17 July 1968 vol 768 c216W
Mr. Roebuck

asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will detail the circumstances which have led to the decision to blow up H.M.S. "Roebuck"; and what is the purpose of this exercise.

Dr. David Owen

H.M.S. "Broadsword" and H.M.S. "Roebuck" are taking part as target ships in underwater explosion trials now being held. Realistic conditions are essential for these trials. The results of the trials will be mainly used in the development of new naval weapons.

Both ships are on the scrap list. Both have had their equipment removed. All practicable measures, however, have been taken to prevent the ships from sinking. In any event, there will be no danger to navigation involved.