Advertisement

ROYAL NAVY: Well worth the wait

Ambush, the second of the Royal Navy’s ‘ferociously complicated’ Astute class submarines, has arrived at Faslane for the first time after completing basic sea trials during a four-day transit from Barrow-in-Furness. Nine years after she was laid down and 18 months since she was launched, the £1.6 billion boat will begin to test her capabilities from her new home on the eastern shore of Gare Loch, where all seven submarines of the class will be based.

The programme has been delayed by several years due to early design and engineering issues, but the end result has, according to HMS Astute’s Commanding Officer, ‘surpassed every expectation’ following several months of extensive sonar and weapon trials in the USA in late 2011.As for the rest of the submarines in the class, boats three and four (Artful and Audacious) are taking shape in the Devonshire Dock Hall, while boat five (Anson) was laid down in October 2011. Long lead procurement for boat six (Agamemnon) is underway with the final boat (Ajax) yet to be formally ordered.

Ships Montly - January 2024

New weekly RoRo link between Poland and Sweden

At the end of May, Lakeway Link will launch a new ro-ro service specialising in high and heavy cargo between Poland and Sweden. The...
Advertisement

Related articles

New weekly RoRo link between Poland and Sweden

At the end of May, Lakeway Link will launch a new ro-ro service specialising in high and heavy...

Berlin’s oldest passenger vessel enters a new green era

Torqeedo’s Customized Solutions team have converted the 138-year-old passenger vessel Kaiser Friedrich to electric power, saving over 150...

Isles of Scilly welcome first cruise call of 2024

The Isles of Scilly welcomed their first cruise call of 2024 this week on 24 April, marking the...

Stena Line reinforces its Irish Sea management to drive growth in the region

Swedish ferry operator Stena Line has announced strategic changes to its management team aimed at further enhancing its...