The Astute-class are the largest, most advanced and most powerful attack submarines ever operated by the Royal Navy, combining world-leading sensors, design and weaponry in a versatile, potent vessel. There are seven Astute-class submarines in various stages of build and development, with the lead ship HMS Astute commissioned into the Fleet.
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HMS Astute, as first of class, is currently conducting an extensive sea trials package as she moves from launch to the front line. 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.
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