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Fleet Submarines

Our two classes of Fleet submarines can tackle a range of roles far beyond that suggested by their alias of hunter-killers. Whether shadowing other vessels or surveying a coastline, operating as part of a task group or crossing wide oceans alone, Fleet submarines are invaluable members of the RN inventory.

Vessels in Action

  • HMS Astute

    HMS Astute, as first of class, has finished her extensive trials package and having recently become an operational submarine will complete the final stage of operational training in early 2014. In the first part of 2012 she proved her ability to prepare and launch tomahawk missiles, successfully firing two missiles from the Gulf of Mexico and accurately hitting the targets on the test range in Northern Florida.

    HMS Astute
  • HMS Talent

    HMS Talent - a technically advanced, nuclear powered ‘hunter-killer’ submarine. HMS Talent is the penultimate platform of seven Trafalgar Class submarines. Launched by HRH Princess Anne in Barrow in Furness in 1988 the Submarine has conducted operations all around the world. The principal role of the ‘hunter-killer’ is to attack ships and other submarines. In this capacity they could support and protect a convoy or taskforce.

    HMS Talent
  • HMS Trenchant

    HMS Trenchant, a powerful hunter-killer submarine with an illustrious ancestor. HMS Trenchant, the fifth of the seven Trafalgar-class submarines built at Barrow, was launched on 3 November 1986 in front of a special guest – war hero Vice Admiral Sir Arthur Hezlet, who commanded the wartime Trenchant with notable success. The admiral would have been struck by the huge advances made between his boat and the current Trenchant, not the least in her propulsion.

  • HMS Turbulent

    HMS Turbulent was decommissioned on the 14th July 2012, six months shy of three decades' service. This ended a distinguished career for the second oldest of the Royal Navy's Trafalgar Class submarines, having come to the end of her natural operational life. The submarine’s bell was rung for the last time, the decommissioning pennant lowered on board, a religious service staged and the band of HM Royal Marines from Commando Training Centre, Lympstone, played – all blessed with sunshine.

    HMS Turbulent
  • HMS Ambush

    HMS Ambush, the second of Astute-class submarine, was named in Barrow on 16 December 2010 and launched on 5 January 2011. She arrived in her home port of HMNB Clyde for the first time in September 2012.

    Ambush arrives in Faslane
  • HMS Torbay

    HMS Torbay is one of the Royal Navy's seven nuclear-powered hunter-killer submarines. HMS Torbay is entering her 25th year of service and remains a force to be reckoned with. Fitted with a world-beating sonar suite, essentially her ears, the system is so sensitive she can hear vessels over 50 miles away – equivalent to listening to a car leaving our base port of Plymouth and being able to track it all the way up the A38 to Exeter and beyond.

    HMS Torbay
  • HMS Tireless

    HMS Tireless is over 25 years old but still playing a vital role in the front-line Fleet. HMS Tireless is the third of the seven Trafalgar-class submarines built at Barrow by Vickers. She was launched on 17 March 1984, so she has been plying her trade in the Royal Navy for more than a quarter of a century, but a lengthy overhaul of her propulsion, weapons systems and sensors put her in good shape for the gruelling programme of training and trials which followed.

    HMS Tireless


  • HMS Tireless has been tasked to assist in the search for flight MH37002/04/2014

    The Trafalgar Class submarine has arrived in the southern Indian Ocean to help with the search for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that went missing on 8 March.

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  • Veteran of wartime submarine visits modern namesake31/01/2014

    Royal Navy submarine HMS Astute recently hosted a veteran submariner from her Second World War namesake.

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  • HMS Talent home from successful deployment27/01/2014

    The crew of the Royal Navy submarine HMS Talent arrived home to a cheering crowd of families and friends in Plymouth today (Monday) after a five-month deployment.

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  • HMS Dragon hunts HMS Talent in Eastern Mediterranean01/11/2013

    Anti-submarine warfare may not be the usual forte for a destroyer – an air defence warship – but HMS Dragon snapped up the chance to work alongside nuclear submarine HMS Talent.

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  • Royal Navy names third Astute submarine Artful20/09/2013

    The Royal Navy’s third Astute Class attack submarine has today been formally named Artful in a traditional ceremony at BAE Systems’ shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness.

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