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Trident nuclear submarine replacement delayed by year

Annoucement raises new questions as to whether UK’s current ageing fleet can be relied on

Britain’s £31bn replacement for its ageing Trident nuclear submarines has been delayed by another year due the pandemic, raising fresh questions about whether the UK can rely on the existing fleet.

Official documents released at the end of last year quietly confirmed that the current phase of the Dreadnought programme had been put back to March 2022, although the update was not highlighted and only spotted by a pressure group.

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