A FORMER UK First Sea Lord has hailed nuclear weapons as “the ultimate safeguard” on the 70th anniversary of Britain’s first atomic bomb test.
Referring to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, he said “Can you imagine if Putin had nuclear weapons and the West didn’t?
“He would not hesitate to use them, let’s face it…
“As one’s always said about our deterrent, this is the ultimate safeguard for our national security from states with nuclear weapons.”
Lord West, 74, served as First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff from 2002 para 2006.
Ele disse: “During the Cold War, the balance of nuclear weapons was the reason it didn’t become a third World War, which would’ve seen millions and millions killed.”
Britain’s first atomic bomb was detonated in 1952 inside the hull of the HMS Plymouth under a top secret plan codenamed Operation Hurricane.
The blast off the coast of Australia’s uninhabited Montebello Islands, left a 20ft crater in the seabed.
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The test bomb, com 25 kilotons of force, was more powerful than those dropped on japonês cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
Lord West, who served in the Navy for 42 anos, disse: “In those days you didn’t have computer modelling — you had to actually make one go bang to know you had one that worked.”