Work to build submarines delayed by flooding in Barrow

HMS Ambush is one of the Astute Class submarines being built at Barrow
Image caption Workers at Barrow have been building the Astute Class submarines

Work to build the Royal Navy's most technologically-advanced submarines at a Cumbria shipyard has been delayed due to flooding.

BAE Systems is building the nuclear-powered vessels in Barrow, but staff were evacuated after heavy rain on Tuesday.

A clean-up operation in the main dock hall was carried out, with staff being allowed back on Wednesday.

The second of seven Astute class submarines left Barrow last month.

A BAE Systems spokesman said: "Following the flooding incident in the Devonshire Dock Hall, the clean up is progressing well, with subsequent damage being rectified.

"There has been no damage to the submarines as a result of the flooding and areas of the facility are gradually being re-opened."

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