An investigation has been launched after an alleged “sabotage incident” on the warship HMS Glasgow in which more than 60 cables were cut.
Defence contractor BAE systems opened a probe after discovering cables on the Type 26 Frigate had been “damaged intentionally” earlier this week.
The UK Defence Journal reported that the cables might have been damaged by disgruntled contractors. One suspected motive may relate to payment disputes, but this has not been confirmed.
A BAE Systems spokesman said: “We uncovered a limited number of cables on HMS Glasgow earlier in the week, which appear to have been damaged intentionally.
“We immediately launched an internal investigation, alongside our suppliers and temporarily paused work on the ship to inspect every area of the vessel and ensure our high standards and quality controls are met.
“Normal operations have now re- sumed and an assessment is under way to scope the repairs needed.”
It is understood that additional security measures are being introduced to prevent similar incidents.
About 23,000 cables will be installed on HMS Glasgow to send data between systems, equipment, and personnel on the ship.
HMS Glasgow, the first of eight Cityclass frigates to be delivered to the Royal Navy, is expected to enter service this decade.
The ship entered the water at the end of last year after being moved on a barge and taken downriver to Loch Long.
The barge was submerged there, allowing HMS Glasgow to float off and be towed back to the Clyde towards BAE Scotstoun, where it is being fitted out and further tested.