Royal Navy's newest attack submarine ready for sea trials

Grumblegrunt

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coming to sandbank near you soon.
 
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HMS Astute, after a successful five month deployment to the United States of America, the submarine is now in a maintenance period before returning to sea late 2012 and completing sea trials early 2013. She will then become an Operational Unit and conduct her first Operational Deployment.
HMS Astute| Royal Navy

Cynic that I am... ...Overpaint "Astute" with "Ambush", make a fuss about it putting to sea and everybody thinks that we've got two subs. £1bn goes back into the Treasury, leaving £200m for back-handers, and everybody's happy.
 

Grumblegrunt

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#6
got me thinking now - all that rust on the t45's when they hand them over, then hide them all over the world where it cant be proven.
 
#8
Meanwhile as to the Sub... and remain undetected in almost all circumstances... I must learn Russian or American and ask for their opinions.
 
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#12
HMS Conqueror?

Is this one fitted for not with sand banks?
 

Bouillabaisse

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HMS Conqueror?

Is this one fitted for not with sand banks?
Let's not be rude. Conqueror killed more Argentinians than the army, RM, RAF and the rest of the RN did combined, all in less than an hour and all whilst having a nice cup of tea and a biscuit.

Submarines - the uberfarts of the ocean - silent and deadly
 

Bouillabaisse

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No need. Someone on here will be along shortly to tell you that Type 23s can track any sub.

Any foreign submarine. British ones are undetectable, even by each other. Even on a friday night when the Wardroom dance is in full flow and the Senior rates mess is having a karaoke competition agains the junior rates.
 
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Any foreign submarine. British ones are undetectable, even by each other. Even on a friday night when the Wardroom dance is in full flow and the Senior rates mess is having a karaoke competition agains the junior rates.
Except when they make that loud crunching sound.

Or you could follow the trail of flotsam from the unfortunate trawlers on its route.
 
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JBMAC - vaguely serious answer - UK subs have fired TLAM in Kosovo, Iraq, OP VERITAS and OP ELLAMY.
 
#19
What are the chances of a modern nuclear submarine being used as an effective deterrence, or even firing its weapons, when the threat appears to be Islamic militants overrunning the middle east? It will be of no use whatsoever if or when the security services in the UK have to deal with home grown jihadis in the UK.

The billions spent on the sub could however have helped paid to keep a few more soldiers on the ground.

Or what about having an aircraft carrier which can do a variety of jobs....oh wait...

Rodney2q
 

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