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Ballistic Submarines

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.

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  • £79m investment in next generation nuclear submarines16/12/2013

    The Defence Secretary has announced £79 million of investment in the next generation of Royal Navy submarines.

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  • 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 revamp

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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