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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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BAE Systems Barrow submarine launch is imminent

THE latest Astute-class submarine will be put into the water soon.

Seven nuclear powered attack submarines are being designed, built and commissioned for the Royal Navy in Barrow.

The first two – HMS Astute and HMS Ambush – have been handed over to the Royal Navy, while the remaining five are now in various stages of construction. And steel was cut this week on the seventh boat.

Tony Johns, BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines managing director said boat number three, Artful, is nearly ready to be launched.

He said: “Hopefully in the next two to three months you will see Artful going into water. The reason I’m slightly vague is because we always make sure the submarine is in the best condition it can be to go in the water, because that minimises the work that needs to be done downstream. But it’s not far away.”

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