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Latest Astute class submarine slips her moorings at Barrow for sea trials

13 August 2015

The latest Astute class attack submarine built by BAE Systems has set sail from its facility in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, for sea trials.

Astute class submarine 'Artful' at Barrow (photo courtesy of BAE Systems)

The 7,400-tonne Astute class attack submarines measure 97m and are powered by nuclear reactors. Each submarine is armed with Spearfish torpedoes and Tomahawk land attack missiles.

'Artful' is the third Astute class submarine to have been built by BAE Systems. Seven of the class have been commissioned in total and the remaining four boats are currently under construction.

A period of trials begins to put the submarine through her paces, after which Artful will follow her sister submarines to Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde in Scotland.

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