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HMS Astute

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

On completion of the remainder of her operational training she will conduct the first ever ‘A boat’ operational deployment over the course of the spring and summer to Mediterranean and through the Suez Canal.

HMS Astute has been described as ”more complex than the Space Shuttle” and is arguably the finest attack submarine in the world today – and a sign of how far the Silent Service has come in a century, as Astute's keel was laid almost exactly 100 years to the day after the keel of Holland 1, the first RN submarine, was laid at the same yard in Barrow.

Not the least of the advances is the space on board – although the density of machinery is still three times that of a surface ship.

COMMANDING OFFICER

Stephen Walker

Stephen Walker
RANK:
Commander
JOINED:
1991
SPECIALISATION:
PREVIOUS UNITS:
Torbay, Talent, Tireless, Triumph, Victorious
Military experience

Commander Stephen Walker was born in Blackpool and educated at Hodgson High School, Poulton-le-Fylde. He served an apprenticeship with British Aerospace, Military Aircraft Division, and qualified as a skilled mechanical engineer before joining the Royal Navy as a Midshipman – ‘Seaman Officer’ – in September 1991.

After initial training at BRNC, he served in HMS Ariadne and HMS Lancaster before volunteering for submarine service. Early sea appointments were to HMS Torbay as Casing Officer followed by HMS Talent as Navigating Officer; most of this period of time was spent in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean. As an Operations Officer he served in HMS Tireless and HMS Triumph and saw service in the North and South Atlantic, the Far East, the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean, and the Adriatic.

On successful completion of the Submarine Command Course (Perisher), he was appointed to HMS Torbay as the Executive Officer, deploying to the West Atlantic for developmental sonar trials.

After 11 years of sea service, he joined the staff of the Commnader-in-Chief in Northwood as the Submarine Special Operations Officer; a very challenging and rewarding appointment. This was followed by a very privileged opportunity to attend the USN Submarine Command Course based in Groton, Connecticut, and involving sea time in 3 USN Fast Attack Submarines. He passed the course with distinction and remained in the United States for an exchange post.

On return to the UK he took Command of HMS Victorious to complete 3 deterrent patrols and a short notice deployment to the East Coast of the United States during a busy 21 month period of operations. This was followed by 15 months as The Commander to Commodore Faslane Flotilla.

He took up his current appointment as the Commanding Officer of HMS Astute in September 2012.

Stephen is married and has a young son, who takes up most of their time. His other interests include walking, sailing, motorbiking, Ford Mustangs and trying to play his guitar or piano.


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ABOUT THE UNIT

KEY STATISTICS


Pennant

S119

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

100Kilometers

Launch Date

08/06/07

Commissioned Date

27/08/10

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HMS Astute HISTORY

TRACK THE HISTORY OF SHIPS NAMED HMS Astute
  • Commissioning

    The current vessel is only the second vessel to be named Astute, and the first was also a submarine. Amphion-class diesel-electric boat HMS Astute was launched on 30 January 1945 and commissioned on 30 June the same year. The A-boats were designed to operate in the Pacific, and as with her modern namesake Astute was one of a class which superseded the tried-and-tested S- and T-class submarines, but only two were completed and commissioned by the end of the war – Amphion and Astute – and neither saw action.

  • Decommissioning

    The class, with some modifications, served successfully until 1974 when the last, HMS Andrew, was decommissioned. As for Astute, after a fairly uneventful career, she was sold on 2 September 1970 and broken up the following month at Dunston.

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