Navy Command FOI Section
Navy Command Headquarters
MP 1-4, Leach Building
Telephone [MOD]: +44 (0)2392 628695
+44 (0)2392 625279
Mr J Stafford
29 September 2017
Dear Mr Stafford,
Release of Information
Thank you for your correspondence of 31 August 2017 in which you requested the following
‘I am interested in an incident involving an accidental release of a Sting Ray torpedo training
round from HMS Argyll which took place in Devonport Dockyard in 2014. There is a report
about the incident in the Daily Telegraph here:
Please can you tell me what the cause of the accidental firing was, and provide a copy of the
reports of the investigation and any inquiry into the incident.’
Your enquiry has been considered to be a request for information in accordance with the Freedom
of Information Act 2000.
A search for the information has now been completed within the Ministry of Defence and I can
confirm that some information in scope of your request is held. A copy of the Ships Investigation
Learning Account investigating the inadvertent discharge of a Training Variant Torpedo (TVT) from
HMS Argyll whilst alongside HM Naval Base Devonport is included with this letter which explains the
cause of the incident and remedial action taken after.
For the information that the Department is able to provide, please be advised that some of the
information requested falls within the scope of the following qualified exemption - Section
The personal information of individuals has been withheld under section 40(2) of the FOI Act
Section 40(2) applies to personal data relating to third parties. The release of personal information
relating to other individuals would contravene the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998, namely
Principle 1 – personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully and not unless certain specified
conditions are met, and Principle 2 – personal data shall be obtained and processed only for
specified and lawful purposes and not further processed in a manner incompatible with the
purposes. In this instance, data has been provided for internal purposes and not with the
expectation that it would be made public.
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Information Commissioner under the provisions of Section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act.
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Navy Command Secretariat – FOI Section