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Multipurpose nuclear submarine HMS Audacious of Astute type entered service of the Royal Navy of Great Britain

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The nuclear-powered multipurpose submarine HMS Audacious of the Astute type ("Odeshes") has officially entered the Royal fleet Great Britain after passing all the necessary tests.


The sub is the fourth in a series of seven Astute-class submarines for the Royal British Navy. Laid down in March 2009, the baptism ceremony took place on December 16, 2016, launching in May 2017. The transfer to the fleet was expected in 2018, but was transferred to the military only at the beginning of April 2020.

Last year's broadcast took place at BAE Systems' Barrow-in-Furness facility without a ceremony. From there, the submarine, formally included in the fleet, went to the Clyde naval base in Scotland, where it began to undergo tests. Note that in Britain, submarines are first introduced into the fleet (not combat), then they go to sea trials.

Astute class submarines are designed both for operations in the fleet and in isolation from the main forces. Submarines can be used to carry out missions to combat enemy ships and submarines, attack ground targets, land groups of combat swimmers and collect intelligence information.

The displacement of the submarine is 7400 tons, the length of the hull is 97 meters. Underwater speed - up to 29 knots. The working depth of the immersion is 300 meters. The Rolls-Royce PWR-2 nuclear reactor has been installed, which does not require a restart. The service life is 25 years. Installed two turbines produced by the company "Elstom", providing rotation of one shaft and the operation of a water jet propulsion unit. In addition, the submarines of this class are equipped with two auxiliary diesel engines, as well as an emergency propulsion engine that drives a retractable auxiliary propulsion device.

Armament - six 533-mm torpedo tubes, as well as Tomahawk cruise missiles and Harpoon anti-ship missiles.
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  1. knn54
    knn54 27 September 2021 16: 09
    -2
    THEY will replace the nuclear submarine "Trafalgar"
    Australia turned up in time - "Beggars cannot be choosers".
    1. Kars
      Kars 27 September 2021 17: 21
      +2
      Not superstitious
      HMS Audacious is a dreadnought battleship of the Royal British Navy, one of four King George V-class ships. The first dreadnought in history to be killed in action.
  2. URAL72
    URAL72 27 September 2021 16: 11
    +3
    Laid down in March 2009, the baptism ceremony took place on December 16, 2016, launching in May 2017. The transfer to the fleet was expected in 2018, but was transferred to the military only at the beginning of April 2020. "

    Oh-long-term construction! laughing laughing tongue
    It looks like Russia has already overtaken small Britain in terms of the construction of a nuclear submarine ...
    1. Flooding
      Flooding 27 September 2021 16: 36
      -2
      Quote: URAL72
      Laid down in March 2009, the baptism ceremony took place on December 16, 2016, launching in May 2017. The transfer to the fleet was expected in 2018, but was transferred to the military only at the beginning of April 2020. "

      and only 1,6 billion pounds st.
      1. Bolt cutter
        Bolt cutter 27 September 2021 16: 53
        -1
        Is it expensive?
        1. Flooding
          Flooding 27 September 2021 17: 10
          -1
          Quote: Bolt Cutter
          Is it expensive?

          judging by the value of the contract between the French and the Australians - sheer pennies
          but it seems to me that we know almost nothing about him.
          1. Bolt cutter
            Bolt cutter 27 September 2021 17: 35
            0
            we know almost nothing about him.
            Very accurately noticed. Also, this is a tenth of the annual subsidies of Scotland, so that the standard of living there does not compare with the Romanian.
    2. Andrei from Chelyabinsk
      Andrei from Chelyabinsk 27 September 2021 17: 05
      +2
      Quote: URAL72
      Laid down in March 2009, the baptism ceremony took place on December 16, 2016, launching in May 2017. The transfer to the fleet was expected in 2018, but was transferred to the military only at the beginning of April 2020. "

      Well, they accepted it just now, but so - we also laid Kazan in 2009. Although, of course, Kazan is larger, and the lead in the series. So, yes, you can count - overtook
  3. zwlad
    zwlad 27 September 2021 16: 21
    +4
    Is it really a new boat in the photo? Painfully overgrown with algae, as if I was at the ship graveyard.
  4. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 27 September 2021 16: 26
    -4
    And the boat will be recruited by a crew with whiskers and drugs in the sterns. drinks
  5. prior
    prior 27 September 2021 16: 27
    0
    The HMS Audacious Astute submarine entered the combat composition of the Royal Navy of Great Britain

    She walked, walked and finally reached.
    For a long time she walked, all overgrown with green moss ... what
    Isn't it time for repairs?
  6. kventinasd
    kventinasd 27 September 2021 17: 13
    -1
    The sub is the fourth in a series of seven Astute-class submarines for the Royal British Navy.

    Small-shavens believe that these boats will help them tell Russia and China how to behave.
    That's it, the empire is over! laughing
    1. Boa kaa
      Boa kaa 28 September 2021 00: 21
      +1
      Quote: kventinasd
      Small-shavens believe that these boats will help them tell Russia and China how to behave.

      These boats are built for the war in the Arctic. They have a combined SAC type 2076 with a hydroacoustic antenna on a towing cable device, which hears quite far (media - up to 230 km) and has digital signal processing.
      With regard to the PRC, they will probably be able to win a submarine war. But about our fleet, especially against pr.885M - a serious question ...
      For comparison:
      - "deep-sea diving Astyut to a depth of more than 300 meters", ie from the meaning it turns out that its working depth is even less. For comparison, pr. 971 "Bars" - working 520 meters - maximum 600 meters, project 949 / A "Granit" - working 400 meters - maximum 450 meters, the newest pr. 885 "Ash" - working 380 meters - maximum 500 meters.
      - the speed of 29 knots I do not understand why this is presented as an achievement, this is the normal speed of nuclear submarines since the 70s. We have 32-35 nodes.
      - Rolls-Royce PWR 2 reactor with a capacity of 160 MW, on Ash 190 (200) MW IMHO is not enough for a multipurpose boat;
      - electronic digital periscope - how they are going to use it in the case of using nuclear weapons or EMP;
      - TA are located quite at the bottom of the first compartment, which makes the loading of ammunition problematic and it is almost impossible to use the TA to get the crew out of the submarine when it is on the ground;
      - the peculiarities of the placement and direction of the TA do not make it possible to shoot on a normal move, only at a minimum.
  7. Gato
    Gato 27 September 2021 18: 17
    0
    "- Why are you so cocky?
    - I live long "(C)
  8. Codett
    Codett 29 September 2021 06: 08
    0
    From the bookmark of 2009 to 2021, the transfer of the submarine to the fleet ... Hmm, already 12 years for the nuclear submarine, small britain is a great maritime power fellow