- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.