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HMS Anson

Anson

Named after the reforming 18th century admiral, it is early days for Anson, the fifth of the Astute-class attack submarines – the largest and most powerful ever built for the Royal Navy. Work has only just begun on component parts of the boat, which will be built and assembled, like her sisters, at Barrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ABOUT THE UNIT

KEY STATISTICS


Pennant

S124

Displacement (Dived)

7,400Tonnes

Displacement (Surfaced)

7,000Tonnes

Complement

98Personnel

Length

97Metres

Beam

11.3Metres

Draught

10Metres

Speed (up to)

30Knots

Amount of Cable used

Launch Date

Commissioned Date

UNITS IN TIME


Anson HISTORY

TRACK THE HISTORY OF SHIPS NAMED Anson
  • The First Anson

    Seven ships have been named after Admiral George Anson, a further two were near-misses, and the nuclear submarine will be the eighth. The first Anson appeared during the admiral's lifetime, a 4th Rate 60-gun ship built by Ewer at Bursledon, launched on 10 October 1747 and sold in June 1773.

  • The Second Anson

    Serving concurrently was a six-gun cutter which had been bought in February 1763 and was sold in July the following year.

  • The Third Anson

    The third Anson was a 3rd Rate 64 launched at Plymouth Dockyard on 4 September 1781. She took part in the Battle of the Saints the following year, and in 1794 was cut down to a 44-gun frigate-sized ship. She was wrecked on 29 December 1807 in Mounts Bay.

  • The Fourth Anson

    Within five years the fourth Anson had appeared, a 74-gun 3rd Rate launched on the Humber on 11 May 1812. She moved on to harbour service in January 1831, and was converted to a prison ship in 1844; she transported prisoners to Australia and was broken up in Hobart, Tasmania, in 1851.

  • The Fifth Anson

    A 3,361-ton 91-gun screwship became the fifth Anson, but the Woolwich warship, launched on 15 September 1860, was renamed Algiers in January 1883.

  • Anson Number Six

    Anson number six was a 10,600-ton battleship, launched at Pembroke Dock on 17 february 1886. The pre-Dreadnought was struck by the passenger ship SS Utopia off Gibraltar in 1891, killing more than 560 civilians. Anson was sold in July 1909 for breaking up.

  • Anson Number Seven

    The next Anson was intended to be a sister ship to the battlecruiser HMS Hood; ordered from Armstrong in April 1916, she was cancelled in October 1918.

  • The Eighth Anson

    The next Anson, a 35,000-ton battleship, was renamed early in build at the John Brown yard, and she rattled down the slipway on 28 February 1940 as HMS Duke of York. The name was reassigned to another ship, initially to be called the Jellicoe, and this, the seventh Anson, was duly launched by Swan Hunter on 24 February 1940. She saw service on Arctic convoys and in the Far East, and was sent for breaking up in December 1957.

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