Through open-source observations, it is clear that none of the Royal Navy’s six commissioned SSNs are at sea at the time of writing. As part of normal maintenance cycles several boats could be expected to be in harbour but it is unusual for the entire force to be alongside.
Since the formal announcement in March that Australia would partner with the RN to design and build a new class of SSNs, further details have emerged about how the AUKUS submarine programme will be structured.
The leaders of Australia, Britain and the US met today at a summit in San Diego to discuss the AUKUS pact. The centrepiece of the agreement is the deal to supply nuclear-powered submarines to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Here we examine the implications of the announcements and look at the future Anglo-Australian SSN(R) submarine project.
On Saturday 18th February HMS Anson was moved out of Devonshire Dock in Barrow and subsequently sailed for the first time today to begin sea trials. She will not return to the yard and will arrive at her new home in Faslane soon. More
In the first of a series of articles focussing on the Astute class SSNs, we look at the programme’s history and how decisions made decades ago continue to impact today’s fleet.
The Defence Secretary has instructed the RN to conduct a study lasting no more than 6 months to assess the balance between the warships and submarines. Here we look at what might be concluded and how the balance could be changed.
HMS Audacious has conducted NATO maritime security patrols in the Mediterranean on her maiden operational deployment.
With the RN attack submarine fleet down to just 5 boats and the pressure of maintaining the nuclear deterrent unrelenting, initiatives to improve submarine reliability and availability have never been more important. Here we look at what is being done to mitigate chronic legacy issues and increase the time submarines spend at sea.