AMS attend the commissioning of HMS Artful
[06/04/16] The HMS Artful was commissioned by Britain’s Royal Navy in March and two Analox employees were lucky enough to be invited to witness the ceremony.
Iain Farrell, Head of Projects and Jo Burke, Key Account Manager, AMS, attended the commissioning ceremony of the 7,400 tonne nuclear submarine on 18 March at HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane.
Artful is the third Astute class nuclear-powered attack submarine ordered from BAE systems to join the fleet following HMS Astute and HMS Ambush. Its commissioning was attended by the submarine’s 150 crew, their families and senior Navy officials.
Astute class submarines are 318 feet long, 37 feet in the beam, have a submerged speed of as much as 30 knots, and a test depth of 984 feet.
The submarine was formally handed over to the Royal Navy in December 2015, and trials have been conducted on Artful to prove its systems and equipment at sea, ahead of its first operational deployment in 2017. Iain said: “The crew we spoke to were very positive about the way that the trials have gone, it’s been far quicker than they expected and they’re excited to get under way and into service.”
BAE Systems Marine is responsible for delivering the Astute class and the next two submarines Audacious and Anson are currently being built in Barrow, with Agamemnon and the yet to be named seventh boat to follow.
They are also the industrial lead for the design of a new generation of submarines, which will be the successor to the Vanguard class and carry the UK’s nuclear deterrent.
Iain added: “It was a real privilege to meet so many of the crew and witness the commissioning. The officers and family we liaised with for the day could not have been more welcoming. There was a great deal of importance placed during the formal ceremony and in subsequent addresses on the need to be friends as well as colleagues and I now understand a little better what it must be like to be a part of the extended family that is formed when a boat of this size is staffed. They have a difficult job in a dangerous environment and I feel very fortunate to have attended.”