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A ROYAL Navy nuclear submarine arrived in Hampshire almost a year after an officer was killed on board a sister vessel during an almost identical visit.

HMS Tireless, a Trafalgar class submarine, is visiting Southampton for five days, giving local dignitaries, sea cadets, Scouts and other youngsters an opportunity to sample life on board.

In April last year, during a visit by HMS Astute to Southampton, Able Seaman Ryan Donovan killed Lieutenant Commander Ian Molyneux and also shot Lieutenant Commander Christopher Hodge in the stomach.

Donovan was later jailed for life and told he would serve at least 25 years in prison.

Commanding officer Commander Hywel Griffiths said: ‘It is a welcome opportunity for my ship’s company to meet people and visit the city of Southampton and for local people to visit us so that we may demonstrate how we are engaged day-to-day in protecting our nation’s interests.’

HMS Tireless will leave the city on Tuesday.

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