Submariner service articles

Astute class nuclear submarine HMS Artful.

The "world's most advanced" nuclear submarine has officially joined the Royal Navy nuclear submarine fleet.

HMS Artful was commissioned into the Royal Navy in a ceremony at Faslane naval base on the Clyde attended by the submarine's 150 crew, their families and senior Navy officials.

Built at BAE Systems' shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, it moved to HM Naval Base Clyde in 2015 to undergo sea trials off the west coast of Scotland.

Commodore Mike Walliker, commander of the Faslane flotilla, said:

£1.3bn Contract for HMS Anson Submarine for the Royal Navy
The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded us a contract for the delivery of the fifth Astute Class submarine, taking the total value for work on the vessel to £1.3 billion
The full contract covers the design and remaining build, test and commissioning activities on Anson, the fifth of seven technologically-advanced submarines in the class. Manufacturing commenced in 2010. Anson is now at an advanced stage of construction at our Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria site and on schedule to leave for sea trials in 2020.
Successor to the Royal Navy's Vanguard class submarines

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded BAE Systems £201m to further the design of a successor to the Royal Navy's Vanguard class submarines.


The funding will allow the business to mature the design of the new class of submarines, which will carry the UK's independent nuclear deterrent, including the layout of equipment and systems, and to develop manufacturing processes.