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November 22, 2007

Well, of course, warfare isn't all fun

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Ultraquiet No More links a BBC piece sure to inspire confidence in the Royal Navy.

Britain is the only nuclear weapons state which does not have a fail-safe mechanism to prevent its submarines launching a nuclear attack without the right code being sent, according to tonight's Newsnight on BBC Two. The programme also reveals that until less than ten years ago, the locks on RAF nuclear bombs were opened with a bicycle lock key.

This via The Belmont Club where Wretchard adds the following.

Correction. It took more than a bicycle lock. It took a coin, an allen wrench and a bicycle lock key.

Or, as one comment points out, a Bic pen. Which does rather put the kibosh on any number of Bond film finales...

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 22, 2007 07:18 AM