Ballistic submarines are the UK's ultimate shield and sword, as the Navy's 'bombers' carry the nation’s strategic nuclear deterrent in the shape of Trident nuclear missiles. One of these four big submarines is always on patrol somewhere in the world's oceans, a round-the-clock insurance policy for the country.
HMS Vanguard was the first of the four submarines of her class to be launched, on 4 March 1992 at Barrow. As the name-ship of the class she continued to lead the way, carrying out the first Trident missile test firing in May 1994 and the first operational deterrent patrol in early 1995.
She was also the first to undergo her major mid-life refit, from 2002 to 2004, during which she was fitted with the new Core H reactor core, which will provide the power to see her through the rest of her service life.
Vigilant completes first patrol in five years after massive revamp13/11/2013
Five years of toil and training reached their apotheosis for HMS Vigilant as she completed her first mission since a massive overhaul. The nuclear submarine has returned to base on the Clyde following a three-month deterrent patrol – her first since a £333m revampRead Full Story
Naval Service in Plymouth Freedom of the City parade23/09/2013
The Royal Navy was cheered through the city centre on Friday 20 September to celebrate the flourishing close links with the community. Thousands of Plymouth people lined the streets as 500 sailors and Royal Marines marched for a ceremonial event marking the close relationship between the city and the Royal Navy.Read Full Story
Victorious summer ends with divisions for submarine’s crew26/07/2013
A summer of high-points for the crew of nuclear deterrent submarine HMS Victorious concluded with divisions for the men of the boat’s Gold Crew. The submariners, who earlier this year completed the 100th patrol by a Vanguard-class boat, formed up for their Commanding Officer Cdr John Livesey at Clyde Naval Base’s off-site facility in Rhu.Read Full Story
Vigilant crew honoured for work leading to successful missile test firing05/06/2013
The crew of HMS Vigilant received a trophy for being the Navy’s No.1 ballistic missile submarine – as proven by a successful test firing last autumn. The Faslane-based boat was awarded the SSBN Efficiency Trophy at a ceremony in her home port.Read Full Story
NATO praises Royal Navy's dedication to delivering security05/04/2013
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen wrote to Defence Secretary Philip Hammond this week to thank the UK for its nuclear commitment to the alliance as the Royal Navy completed the 100th patrol by a Vanguard Class submarine.Read Full Story
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