Well, a happy end to the long saga:
- Controversially, government delayed making this announcement (about the problem) to Parliament until March 2014.
- This extra cost "A further £150 million had to be spent on reactor infrastructure at Devonport and the Rolls Royce facility in Derby so as to retain the ability to manufacture Core H potentially, for HMS Victorious and the other two boats. These additional expenses were met from contingency funds" was negligible compared to the fact that it held back the planned core production (delay vs. plans at its worst 51 months)
- Are we surprised, then, that Boat 7 was suddenly - with the "All Clear" - cleared for take off (in its construction): "Had a serious issue with Core H been identified, it could also have had implications for the Astute class submarines, which use the same design."... catching up with the delay was served as "great news"
Sorry to have stated (on these pages) that the sudden reduction in the reactor cores' delays (from 51 to 8 months) was down to the MoD being allowed to 'mark its own homework'... when there was a genuine improvement!
- the fact that the news were suppressed, and the (reversal of) consequences were released first (as new news) of course makes it even more worthwhile to have a sharp eye and read publications released side by side - as the discrepancies seem to contain the real changes (most often