HC Deb 03 November 1989 vol 159 c375W
Dr. Thomas

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list in theOfficial Report all instances of Royal Navy surface or submarine vessels in collision, or otherwise in contact, with commercial vessels in the Irish sea since May 1979.

Mr. Archie Hamilton

In the case of surface vessels, this information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost and effort. Incidents in which Royal Navy submarines have been in collision with surface vessels or their gear since 1 January 1980, in or around the Irish sea, are as follows:

17 November 1981 FV Sapphire Clyde Area
18 April 1982 FV Sharelga Irish Sea
10 March 1983 FV Targuen Irish Sea
11 August 1984 FV Huntress Clyde Area
6 December 1987 FV Prevail North Channel
2 July 1988 Yacht Dalriada North Channel
16 July 1988 Yacht Drum FV Brilliant North Channel
27 October 1988 Star Sound of Bute
28 June 1989 FV Huntress Clyde Area
12 September 1989 FV Contester Irish Sea

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