- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.
A sailor on the HMS Astute, the Royal Navy’s newest submarine, opened fire with an automatic weapon in the sub’s control room on Friday, killing its weapons engineering officer and wounding a second sailor. A fast-thinking local politician who was present for a tour wrestled the gunman to the deck and pushed away the weapon.
Awhile back the sub’s skipper was relieved after the boat ran aground off Scotland. Reminds me of the losing streak the USS Greenville had a few years ago.
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.| Passport |