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.
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:
|Boat 3 (Artful)||2015|
|Boat 4 (Audacious)||2018|
|Boat 5 (Anson)||2020|
|Boat 6 (Agamemnon)||2022|
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.