BAE Systems Barrow submarine Ambush’s maiden voyage
Last updated at 16:28, Friday, 07 January 2011
BARROW’S latest £1.2bn submarine, Ambush, made its first voyage – from one side of a dock to the other.
The second Astute class, nuclear-powered submarine was yesterday gently nudged, manoeuvred and towed across Devonshire Dock from the Devonshire Dock Hall shiplift to its long stay mooring on the west side of the dock.
It means two Astute boats are now afloat, the other HMS Astute at the Faslane naval base near Glasgow, to which Ambush is expected to sail at the end of this year.
The roll out and launch of Ambush, which will undergo a long series of tests including turning on its nuclear reactor in the autumn, has created space in the DDH for the follow-on boats, which include Artful, Audacious and Agamemnon.
Ambush does not yet have any power but is packed with expensive hi-tech equipment.
Ambush was moved using small tugs and shipyard ‘pushycat’ boats.
The move was supervised by BAE, Royal Navy officials and Barrow Harbourmaster Captain David Carpenter.
The boat will be guarded and checked for watertightness every day and night by watch patrols from its Royal Navy crew.
First published at 13:08, Friday, 07 January 2011
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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