Astute Class Submarines

Defence written question – answered on 17th January 2014.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the planned launch and in-service dates are for each remaining submarine in the Astute class.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

As stated in the National Audit Office Major Projects Report 2012 (HC 684-1), the in-service dates for the remaining submarines in the Astute class are shown in the following table:

Submarine In-service date
Boat 3 (Artful) 2015
Boat 4 (Audacious) 2018
Boat 5 (Anson) 2020
Boat 6 (Agamemnon) 2022
Boat 7 2024

The actual launch date for each boat is agreed between the Ministry of Defence and BAE Systems Maritime—Submarines, the prime contractor. It marks the point in the build process when the boat is ready to exit the boat build hall and enter the water for the first time. On current plans, Boat 3 is due to leave the build hall in spring 2014. The launch dates for Boats 4 to 7 are yet to be agreed.

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