Submarine commander recounts how disaster was narrowly avoided

HMS Turbulent crewmembers collapsed at control panels as the vessel’s air conditioning failed, causing temperatures to soar

A nuclear submarine commander has told how he narrowly avoided disaster when the vessel’s air-conditioning system became clogged with shellfish, causing searing temperatures on board.

HMS Turbulent was on patrol in the Indian Ocean during a gruelling 268-day tour when the temperature on board soared to 60C (140F) and crew members began to collapse at their control panels and in their cabins.

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