Royal Navy’s Artful submarine begins water trials at BAE’s Barrow shipyard

(BAE Systems Maritime)
(BAE Systems Maritime)
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The British shipbuilder BAE Systems Maritime has launched HMS “Artful” nuclear powered attack submarine into the dock at its site in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

The submarine officially named at a ceremony in September 2013l – began edging out of BAE Systems’ construction hall on Friday 16 May and was lowered into the water on Saturday 17 May.

Artful, the third of seven Astute class submarines being designed and built for the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy (RN), will now begin the next phase of its test and commissioning process ahead of sea trials next year.

The first two submarines HMS “Astute” and HMS “Ambush” were previously delivered to the RN, while the remaining five are in various stages of construction.

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