HMS Astute

HMS Astute

HMS Astute, as first of class, returned to her home of HMNB Clyde on the 7th October 2014 after spending eight months at sea on her first operational deployment.

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Having left Faslane in mid-February, HMS Astute sailed from UK waters in March to become the first Astute Class to contribute towards the UK’s presence in the Mediterranean. 

A call in to Gibraltar allowed the boat to demonstrate some of the unique capabilities of the Astute Class, while she also went alongside at the NATO facility on the island of Crete. 

After transiting the Suez Canal in July, the boat provided support to counter-smuggling operations, contributed towards defence diplomacy in Bahrain and took part in an international exercise in the Gulf of Oman.

Returning westbound, the submarine undertook further operations with US Maritime aircraft before returning to Crete for a final time in mid September to collect five students from the latest UK Submarine Command Course, known as ‘Perisher’. 

This was the first SMCC to be conducted on an Astute Class submarine and to be held entirely within the Mediterranean.

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.

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Current operation Maritime security

British ships and units are committed to operations around the world. Operations focus on maritime security, reassurance and wider regional engagement to build regional maritime capability.

Preventing conflict

The Royal Navy’s presence on the world stage sends a powerful message that the UK is committed to global affairs and provides a stabilising influence. In this way we prevent conflict on the high seas and protect the flow of international trade on which our nation depends.  

Protecting our economy

Maritime trade is the lifeblood of the UK economy and industry. 95% of Britain’s economic activity depends on the oceans. And every year Britain imports goods worth £524 billion.The UK is so dependent on the seas for its prosperity, that without the Royal Navy acting as deterrent the effect on the economy would be overwhelming.

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Unit History


The current vessel is only the second vessel to be named Astute.
Amphion-class diesel-electric boat HMS Astute was launched on 30 January 1945 and commissioned on 30 June the same year. 


The class, with some modifications, served successfully until 1974 when the last, HMS Andrew, was decommissioned. As for Astute, she was sold on 2 September 1970 and broken up.

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