The Royal Navy's largest and most powerful attack submarine, the first-of-class Astute, was launched on 8TH June by Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall.
The Astute submarine was built at BAE Systems 25,000m2 Devonshire Dock Hall submarine build complex, the largest building of its kind in Europe. It will set a new standard for the Royal Navy in terms of weapon load, stealth and comfort for the crew and employs a new-generation steam-raising nuclear plant which is fuelled for the whole of the vessel's 25 year operational life.
The 1998 Strategic Defence Review reaffirmed the UK's need for submarines – but with increasingly flexible capabilities.
Here you will find press releases and other interactive information relating to the launch of the Astute Class Submarine.
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Launch Day Video
Watch the highlights of the Astute submarine launch from the Devonshire Dock Hall on 8th June.