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Astute (S119)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: SSN Group 5

Keel Layed by Baroness Symons - Minister of Defence Procurement Entered service in 2010 after significant build enhancements were requested by MoD late in the design phase.

In Build

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1st Roll out and Naming Ceremony

'Rolled Out' from Devonshire Dock Hall after naming by Camila, Duchess of Cornwall, 8th June 2007.

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Exit Barrow

Astute departed Barrow for Sea Trials and set off from the Barrow docks at around 9:30am 15th Nov 2009. She past Piel Island at around 10.10am heading to Faslane, Scotland.

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Events

31-01-2001 : Laid Down
08-06-2007 : HMS ASTUTE 'Rolled Out' from Devonshire Dock Hall after naming by Camila, Duchess of Cornwall.
15-11-2009 : Departed Barrow for Sea Trials

The nuclear powered first of class submarine set off from the Barrow docks at around 9.30am. She past Piel Island at around 10.10am heading to Faslane, Scotland.
20-11-2009 : Arrived at Faslane for the first time.

The submarine's arrival on the Clyde marks the beginning of a process that will see Faslane become the UK's sole operating submarine base over the next decade.
27-08-2010 : Completed
22-10-2010 : HMS Astute grounded in shallow waters off the Isle of Skye just after 8am.

The vessel was on the surface conducting a personnel transfer when her rudder became grounded when its rudder apparently became stuck on a shingle bank in the Kyle of Lochalsh, near the Skye road bridge.

During the operation to tow Astute clear, there was a collision between the rescue tug and the submarine, which resulted in damage to her starboard foreplane. The submarine returned under its own power to Faslane, where the damage incurred in the grounding and afterward was described as minor.
27-10-2010 : Commander Andy Coles relieved of his command following a grounding incident the previous week.

It was subsequently decided that he would not face a court martial. In December 2010 it was announced that Commander Iain Breckenridge, who has previously commanded the submarine HMS Tireless, would take over command.
11-12-2010 : On her first day back at sea after a grounding incident, HMS Astute had to return to port for repairs due to a minor problem with her steam plant.
08-04-2011 : A shooting incident occurred onboard HMS Astute alongside in Southampton which resulted in the death of the WEO (Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux), the serious wounding of the MEO (Lt Cdr Chris Hodge), and the arrest of a member of the ships company.
07-10-2014 : HMS Astute, returned to HMNB Clyde after spending eight months at sea on her first operational deployment.

The submarine’s Lady Sponsor, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Rothesay (The Duchess of Cornwall), joined senior naval officers and over 150 friends and family to welcome her return at a special ceremony at Faslane.
09-03-2015 : HMS Astute left the Clyde for her second deployment to the Mediterranean.

This deployment would see the further development and enhancement of the Astute Class operating procedures and operational techniques. The first stop after the Clyde was the NATO base at Souda Bay, a common stopping off point for Royal Navy vessels in the Mediterranean.


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