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X-Berth

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See also Z-Berth

An X-Berth is a berth designated for frequent and regular use by nuclear-powered warships, or a berth in a dockyard or naval base which is suitable for the building, refit, repair or maintenance of nuclear-powered warships.

The definition was given in Hansard, Written Answers, May 5, 1989:

Ms. Gordon : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the purpose of an X-berth ; if X-berths have permanent safety precautions against radiological hazards ; and if he will publish in the Official Report the locations of all the X-berths in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Archie Hamilton : An X-berth is a berth designated for frequent and regular use by nuclear-powered warships, or a berth in a dockyard or naval base which is suitable for the building, refit, repair or maintenance of nuclear-powered warships. All X-berths have as an integral part of their safety arrangements a permanent health physics department, a local emergency monitoring organisation and a local safety plan prepared under the auspices of a local liaison committee. The United Kingdom X-berths are at Barrow-in-Furness, Devonport, Faslane and Rosyth.

UK Parliament[1]

Scottish X-Berth sites

The Scottish X-Berths are located at Faslane: HMNB Clyde, and Rosyth: Rosyth Naval Dockyard.

References

1 House of Commons Hansard Debates for 5 May 1989 Retrieved April 12, 2010.

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