The new Breton civil parties lawyer, Gaspard de Monclin, had asked before the summer to the British justice that satellite images be produced from the military port of Devonport, home port of the submarine HMS Turbulent, a Royal Navy submarine considered by relatives of the victims to be one of the main submarines suspected in the sinking.
At stake: thanks to these images, to know if on the day of the tragedy, HMS Turbulent was docked as the English Ministry of Defense maintains or if, on the contrary, it was on exercise in the area of the sinking, as several relatives believe. the victims.
Identify the Turbulent on satellite images
Gaspard de Monclin informed Thierry Lemétayer, son of the engineer of the Bugaled who perished in the drama, that the English justice has launched “investigations with the expert in the investigation of maritime accidents, Captain Soomro and also the Bureau of Investigation on maritime accidents in order to seek information on the means of obtaining these satellite images from governmental or commercial sources ”.
Another advance: an aerial photography interpreter, Christine Cox, has been appointed by the English court. “It may be able to help identify (note: the HMS Turbulent), if the images still exist (…). We recently asked Ms Cox to undertake forensic research to identify if any images from the site are available for purchase. We will keep you informed of the outcome of Ms. Cox’s investigations ”, assure the lawyer’s British interlocutors.
Imaging surveys already launched
The English justice also explains that it has already launched investigations “to obtain any relevant commercial satellite imagery from the HM Devonport naval base”. “We understand that you have undertaken your own research on this and searched the archives held by Airbus, but have not yet been able to obtain any images (…) We understand the request of the families to ensure that efforts be made to obtain satellite images due to the potential importance of confirming or denying whether HMS Turbulent was in port and the request that a source independent of the MOD be used , if possible “.
On January 15, 2004, the Bugaled Breizh, trawler from Loctudy (29), sank in the English Channel while military exercises by the combined forces and the Royal Navy were being held or being prepared in the area of the sinking opposite the Cap Lizard. The tragedy left three dead and two missing. The hypothesis of a hook of a submarine in the fûnes of the Breton trawler while fishing remains under study in the context of the Inquest, the English procedure launched following the discovery of two of the bodies of the Bugaled sailors in British waters.