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HMS Ambush Launched

HMS Ambush launch

21/09/2011

HMS Ambush, the second of the Royal Navy’s new Astute class of powerful nuclear-powered attack submarines, has been launched.

The launch of Ambush is a key milestone in equipping the Royal Navy with the most modern and effective equipment available
Cdr Peter Green

On the 5 January 2011, the massive doors of the Devonshire Dockyard Hall were slid open and the submarine rolled forward onto the shiplift: a gigantic platform that gently lowered the boat into the water.

The launch is the culmination of years of work on one of the largest engineering projects in Western Europe and was undoubtedly a proud moment for the thousands of personnel who had helped build and commission her systems.

Commander Peter Green, the Commanding Officer, stated:

"The launch of Ambush is a key milestone in equipping the Royal Navy with the most modern and effective equipment available".

"Ambush is a multi-role platform capable of intelligence gathering, Special Forces missions, Tomahawk Land Attack as well as more traditional Submarine operations".

"It also demonstrates the government’s commitment to maintaining the skills required to build such boats in the UK, sustaining thousands of jobs."

Ambush is due to sail from Barrow to her home port in Faslane, Scotland, early next year.

She will then commence sea trials and a training period before becoming fully operational thereafter.

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