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HMS Astute (S119)
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HMS Astute (S119)

HMS Astute, first of her class, is the lead submarine in the Royal Navy’s fleet of Attack submarines and is one of the most advanced SSNs in the world.


HMS Astute has been described as ‘more complex than the Space Shuttle‘ and is arguably the finest attack submarine in the world today.

The Astute Class she represents are the largest, most advanced and most powerful attack submarines ever operated by the Royal Navy. They combine world-leading sensors, design and weaponry in a modern, versatile vessel.

Astute is a symbol of how far the ‘Silent Service’ has come in a century. Her keel was laid almost exactly 100 years to the day after the keel of Holland 1, the first Royal Navy submarine, was laid at the same yard in Barrow.

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