HMS Artful

HMS Artful (S121)

HMS Artful is the third of the seven Astute-class submarines to be built at Barrow. She began her naval career in 2015, and was commissioned in 2016. 

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

7 submarines

In the Astute class

660 lbs explosive charge

Of each spearfish torpedo

1,000+ miles

Tomahawk IV missile range

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Commanding Officer

Commander Murray Adam

HMS Artful's role

HMS Artful is one of the Astute-class; the largest, most advanced and most powerful attack submarines we have ever operated.

These amazing machines – described as 'more complex than the Space Shuttle' – are some of the finest attack submarines in the world today. Well-equipped for every challenge, they combine world leading sensors, design and weaponry in a versatile vessel.

Their mission? Safeguarding our interests, supporting international partners and providing security at sea to make sure the global trade Britain and the world relies on can proceed without a hitch.

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