HMS Audacious

HMS Audacious (S122)

The Royal Navy’s Astute-class nuclear-powered submarines are among the most sophisticated underwater vehicles ever constructed. HMS Audacious, the fourth submarine in the range, was launched in April 2017.

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

7,800 tonnes

Total displacement

97 metres

Total length

30+ knots

Top speed

Our skills

Our skills

Made up of 21 Officers, 39 Senior Rates and 69 Junior Rates, the crew of HMS Audacious includes Engineers, Logistics Officers, Warfare Specialists and more. Together, their roles and responsibilities include:

  • Rapid reaction
  • Intelligence gathering
  • Sonar operation
  • Supply chain logistics
  • Hospitality
  • Marine engineering
  • Weapon engineering

Our base

Our base


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Commanding Oficer

Commander L Bull

HMS Audacious' role

HMS Audacious is not yet operational, but when the time comes she will be employed in a variety of important roles. These include covert intelligence gathering and strategic strike using the fearsome Tomahawk Land Attack Missile.

For the time being, the Marine Engineering and Weapons Engineering departments are working hard to ensure that the submarine’s systems are ready for upcoming sea trials. The crew of HMS Audacious also undertake a number of defence engagement, charity and outreach tasks in the community around Barrow-in-Furness, where she was constructed.

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