2011
04.12

The Sun
09 Apr 2011

The grieving widow of a Royal Navy officer shot dead when a crewman opened fire on a nuclear submarine has described him as “an utterly devoted” family man.

Able Seaman Ryan Donovan, 22 – “furious” at being ordered to do back-to-back tours – was halted by a heroic civilian visitor in Southampton after gunning the officer down on HMS Astute on Friday and leaving another fighting for life.

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By ANDY McNAB
Sun security advisor

When a group of people live and work together in such a small environment, everything gets magnified tenfold.

These guys spend three months under the water sleeping in a tiny physical space.

And if something goes wrong, you can’t just phone your wife.

That’s why the culture is friendlier than in other military areas. Officers and crew call each other by their first names. It’s about man-management, not command and control.

But because everything is so contained there has to be a tight regime to stick to. Crew must be able to get on with others. Perhaps there was a personal grievance or a row got out of hand. Who knows?

It’s a credit to the Submarine Service that nothing like this has happened before.

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