Ambulances and police were on the scene at the BAE Systems shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, northwestern England. "We have been made aware of an incident at the BAE Systems site in Barrow. The incident is not related to nuclear safety," a spokesman for the Office of Nuclear Regulation said.
"Staff, contractors and local residents are being kept informed," a BAE spokeswoman said. An unidentified source told The Mail, a Barrow-in-Furness-based publication known previously as the North-West Evening Mail, that staff had been evacuated after a warning about a bomb on an Astute-class nuclear attack submarine.
Barrow-in-Furness makes the new generation of four Dreadnought-class ballistic missile submarines that will eventually replace the Vanguard class vessels which form the basis of the United Kingdom's Trident nuclear deterrent. Dreadnought-class submarines will measure 153 metres long, with a displacement of 17,200 tonnes, and have a PWR3 nuclear reactor.
BAE Systems, Rolls Royce and Babcock are the main industrial partners in the 31-billion pound ($41 billion) Dreadnought project. (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, Kate Holton and Paul Sandle; editing by Stephen Addison)
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