One of our submarines

…is missing

tonight

seems she ran aground on manoeuvres…

Two British sailors have died in an accident on a nuclear submarine.

A hungry heart

to regulate their breathing

one more night

the Winter Boys are freezing in their spam tin

Baltic moon

along the Northern seaboard

and down below

the Winter Boys are waiting for the storm

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed there had been an explosion on HMS Tireless during an exercise under the Arctic icecap at 0420 GMT on Wednesday.

One other member of the crew of the Devonport-based submarine was injured and is receiving medical treatment.

Bye-bye Empire, Empire bye-bye

shallow water — channel and tide

and I can trace my history

down one generation to my home

in one of our submarines

Failed air-purification equipment is thought to have caused the explosion. The MoD expressed its “deep regret” and said an inquiry would be carried out.

The SSN Attack Submarine was on a joint British-American exercise off the coast of Alaska when the incident happened.

The MoD said a small explosion had caused “a small amount of smoke”, which had been contained in the equipment and the immediate area.

The red lights flicker, sonar weak

air valves hissing open

half her pressure blown away

flounder in the ocean

see the Winter Boys —

drinking heavy water from a stone

Bye-bye Empire, Empire bye-bye

shallow water — channel and tide

A spokesman said the reactor was unaffected by the accident and stressed Tireless was not one of the submarines that carries Trident missiles.

The submarine was safe and on the surface, it confirmed.

The dead sailors’ next of kin have been informed and a statement is expected to be released on Thursday.

Bye-bye Empire, Empire bye-bye

tired illusions drown in the night

and I can trace my history

down one generation to my home

in one of our submarines

In a statement, the MoD said: “The two members of the crew died as a result of the initial accident.

“Their next of kin have been informed and our sympathies are with them and their friends at this difficult time.”

one of our submarines is missing tonight

seems she ran aground on manoeuvres

one of our submarines

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