Tuesday, 20 May 2014

BAE launches latest nuclear-powered attack submarine

HMS Artful will begin the next phase of its test and commissioning process ahead of sea trials next year.BAE Systems has launched Artful, the third of seven Astute-class submarines being built for the Royal Navy, into the dock at its site in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

The 97m long, 7,400 tonne nuclear-powered attack submarine began edging out of BAE Systems' construction hall last week and was lowered into the water over the weekend.

Stuart Godden, Astute programme director for BAE Systems, said: "Building on past experiences we've been able to launch her in the most advanced state of construction of any submarine to be built in Barrow. This allows us to now fully concentrate on the test and commissioning activities required to get her to sea.

"Moving a submarine of this size from its build hall to the water is very challenging. It's testament to the experience and careful planning of the team involved that Artful is now ready for the next phase in her programme.”Read more HERE 

For the record I would just like to say how proud I am of my home town for building these amazing submarines from World War One to the present day and keeping our Nation safe, God Bless HMS Artful and all who sail in her.

Tony McNally.