Royal Navy submariner who made Trident claims ‘leaves’ the service

The Royal Navy's 16,000 ton Trident-class nuclear submarine Vanguard
The Royal Navy's 16,000 ton Trident-class nuclear submarine Vanguard
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A Royal Navy submariner who criticised safety and security procedures around the Trident nuclear programme has left the service.

Able Seaman William McNeilly went absent without leave earlier this year after producing a damning 18-page report containing a series of allegations about the Trident submarines based at Faslane on the Clyde, describing it as a ‘disaster waiting to happen’.

The navy said the claims were ‘subjective and unsubstantiated personal views, made by a very junior sailor, with which the naval service completely disagrees’.

And tonight the navy confirmed AB McNeilly, who was briefly held at HMS Nelson in Portsmouth, has left the service.

A spokeswoman said: ‘We can confirm that AB McNeilly has left the naval service.

‘The details are a matter for the individual and his employer.

‘Throughout the process AB McNeilly was still being afforded the duty of care that we give all our personnel, as was his family.’