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, which include the Royal Marines, are committed to operations around the world. Operations focus on maritime security, reassurance and wider regional engagement to build regional maritime capability.

Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

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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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