in Defence

HMS Astute ready for operations

Posted 27 July 2017 · Add Comment

Royal Navy hunter-killer submarine HMS Astute has returned to the Fleet after completing a major capability upgrade and sea training period.

Above: HMS Astute.
Courtesy Royal Navy

HMS Astute’s sea training process tested all aspects of the equipment and crew, ensuring that she is ready to respond to emergency situations while continuing with high intensity operations.

“It has been a remarkable achievement getting Astute back to sea after a significant period alongside,” said the Commanding Officer of HMS Astute.

“The ship’s company all performed incredibly over the past two years and we are now looking forward to operational tasking at sea.”

The rigorous training package contained a number of phases with the team put through their paces during fire fighting and damage control exercises as well as completing weapon certification of the UK’s anti-surface and anti-submarine weapon system.

The training culminated in a simulated war environment dealing with airborne, surface and subsurface threats simultaneously.

As well as working with UK assets HMS Astute also trained alongside Canadian Maritime Patrol Aircraft and conducted a training exercise with another NATO submarine. 

These opportunities to work with NATO partners allowed the crew to practice key elements of joint operations and test the equipment upgrades against other navies’ anti-submarine capabilities.

The first of her class, HMS Astute completed her first operational deployment in 2014. Since returning home to HM Naval Base Clyde in June 2015 the submarine has been undergoing a period of planned maintenance to ensure she is in top condition and ready for future operations around the globe.

Commissioned in 2010, HMS Astute is the first of seven new Astute class hunter-killer submarines being constructed for the Royal Navy.


* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Latest News

Aviation Skills Partnership Awards open for nominations

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Aviation Skills Awards which recognise and reward those who are doing exceptional work in aviation and training.

Cranfield to lead on MK:U

Plans for a new university currently known as MK:U which have been in development since late last year, took a big step forward today, with the announcement that Milton Keynes Council has chosen Cranfield University as the lead higher

G&P to debut at Farnborough International Airshow

Quality management experts G&P are exhibiting at the Farnborough International Airshow for the first time with the support of the Midlands Aerospace Alliance.

Karen Smart appointed Managing Director of East Midlands Airport

Karen Smart, currently Director of Landside Operations at London Stansted Airport, has been appointed Managing Director of East Midlands Airport.

SafeSkys awarded RAF contract in Scotland

SafeSkys has been awarded the contract for provision of Airfield Wildlife Control Services for the Royal Air Force (RAF) in Scotland at RAF Lossiemouth, RLG Kinloss and RAF Leuchars.

Gatwick to trial autonomous vehicles

Gatwick is to be the first airport in the world to trial autonomous vehicles to shuttle staff across the airfield.

Aviation Africa SK18418
See us at
SMI FAVWSBT1402060618FIL18 BT111017220718SMI HelicopterTBT1402240518SMI FAVSABT2411120418Aviation Africa BT18418