There has been a shooting incident aboard the Royal Navy's latest and most advanced nuclear submarine, HMS Astute. No details have been released except that one man has been killed and several others injured. The submarine was on a courtesy visit to Southampton when the incident happened.
We'll have to wait and see what's going on here, but after going through Royal Navy training, something I myself have experienced, it's possible that somebody lost their mind.
Then again, this could be an attempted hijacking. Stealing a submarine! Since Tom Clancy's The Hunt for Red October this plot has been the stuff of so many thrillers. these invariably occur when the boat is in dock away from its home port and therefore poorly-defended. However, if this was an attempted hijack, was it real or was it a false-flag? Time will tell.
This submarine hasn't had much luck so far. Since her commission she ran aground off the coast of Scotland and had to be towed free.
(Addendum- 9/4/11) The Astute crewman who was killed has been named. He was Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux.
Now on Eternal Patrol. Condolences to his family.