Lord West admitted that the Navy botched a test missile 58 years ago
Admiral Lord West admitted that the aircraft “Sea Slug missile” was accidentally fired into Wales 58 years before the current Prime Minister, Theresa May reportedly covered up the malfunctioned test of an unarmed Trident II D5 test missile which launched from a British submarine near Florida.
During the cross-party Commons committee condemning last year’s botched Trident test, Lord West said: “Years ago we had an aircraft missile called the Sea Slug missile and we fired one into Wales.
“These sort of things happen, but you don’t go and talk to the Prime Minister about that – unless their constituency happens to be there.”
The incident Lord West revealed during the committee meeting is believed to have been the test launch in March 1958 which was fired from HMS Girdle Ness in Cardigan Bay, according to the Sun.
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Scientists from the Ministry of Defence were testing their new Sea Slug missile that was designed to be fired at a Russian aircraft from Royal Navy ships.
But instead, the test missile was misfired in Aberporth, Wales, soaring to 17,000 feet before blowing up just yards from a top secret military testing base. It is unknown what happened to the missile afterwards.
It comes after Mrs May told BBC's Andrew Marr: "I have absolute faith in our Trident missiles. There were tests that take place all the time for our, regularly, for our nuclear deterrents."
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn later said: "We understand the Prime Minister chose not to inform Parliament, and instead it came out through the media."
A trident submarine makes it's way out from Faslane Naval base
"It's a pretty catastrophic error when a missile goes in the wrong direction and while it wasn't armed, goodness knows what the consequences of that could have been."