The Royal Navy’s newest and most advanced hunter-killer submarine, HMS Anson, is on the verge of joining operational duties following intensive tests in the Atlantic.

HMS Anson, the fifth Astute-class submarine, underwent rigorous trials off the east coast of the United States and in the Caribbean Sea, testing her state-of-the-art systems and weaponry.

The Astute-class submarines, the largest and most advanced attack submarines operated by the Royal Navy, are equipped to launch long-range Tomahawk missiles and lethal Spearfish torpedoes, capable of hitting land targets accurately and defeating enemy submarines.

Anson, which left the shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness in February last year, underwent thorough trials and tests before joining her sisters in operations. She spent time in waters off the UK coast and then sailed north of Scotland, successfully firing both Spearfish torpedoes and Tomahawk test missiles.

The trials intensified in the Atlantic as Anson headed to the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) in the waters around the Bahamas. The AUTEC base, operated by the US Navy, is a hub of world-leading experts and technology. The ranges off Andros Island – southwest of Nassau – are centered on the Tongue of the Ocean, a deep-water bowl crammed with sensors and hydrophones to record data on submarine, torpedo, and sonar performance.

Tests at AUTEC are crucial for Anson’s future operations, ensuring she can hunt adversary submarines without detection. These sea trials also provided the crew with the opportunity to rest on Andros Island.

“The opportunity for the majority of the Ship’s Company to spend a few days on Andros was fantastic,” a submariner said. “This afforded us a few days of rest from the sea trials we were conducting and allowed us to spend time on the beach in the sun relaxing and playing volleyball with base personnel.”

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George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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Jim
Jim (@guest_820603)
16 days ago

If only we had more, scrapping Astute 8 and slowing down the entire nuclear submarine program production has to be the worst decision of the Cameron government.

Hopefully we can get back up to 12 with SSN AUKUS.

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke (@guest_820613)
16 days ago
Reply to  Jim

And we cannot foresee the need for an aircraft carrier for ten years…..six months Arab Spring and Libya rolls past…..Call me Dave….”can we send an aircraft carrier.”….”err no….you told us….”

Mark B
Mark B (@guest_820628)
16 days ago

Supportive (unless your name is Dave) Bloke. We gambled and there were no dire conseqences. We might not be so lucky next time but we are going to gamble anyway.😂

Mark B
Mark B (@guest_820625)
16 days ago
Reply to  Jim

Hopefully. Plus unmanned might be on the cards😀

Jonathan
Jonathan (@guest_820627)
16 days ago
Reply to  Jim

So many very bad decisions..but yes that was up there as one of the bad ones along with: 1)deciding to not ordering the type 26 in 2010 and telling BAE to go back and develop a 5000 ton cheap frigate… 2) cutting the escort fleet from 23 escorts when the Conservative Party came into power..down to 19 in the 2010 review but only managing to keep 15 by the time they undoubtedly leave power. 3) flogging one nearly new amphibious vessel for pennies in the pound. As for the carriers..that was more luck than judgement ( well actually Gordon brown… Read more »

Trev
Trev (@guest_820632)
16 days ago
Reply to  Jonathan

Are you trying to rewrite history or just stupid? Hard to tell!

Ian
Ian (@guest_820651)
16 days ago
Reply to  Trev

Which bits are wrong?

Trev
Trev (@guest_820665)
16 days ago
Reply to  Ian

I would say it’s a sweeping statement made by a man ill informed, both on politics, defence and more importantly history and reality!

Jonathan
Jonathan (@guest_821223)
14 days ago
Reply to  Trev

You’re so funny it hurts…it was not a sweeping statement it was a set of facts with some narrative…maybe just maybe you could provide your conclusions instead it of being an insulting troll.

Jonathan
Jonathan (@guest_820661)
16 days ago
Reply to  Trev

Since it’s all fact and something you can read in various references and articles I’m not sure what your problem is..maybe highlight the bit you think is wrong and I can then provide you with a reference you can read…otherwise your just making yourself look like a bit of a sad troll and you don’t want to look like a sad troll do you Trev.

Jim
Jim (@guest_820636)
16 days ago
Reply to  Jonathan

Yes a depressing long list of failures from the Tory Lib dem government, both paying the price now is suppose but it is 10 years late.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli (@guest_820670)
16 days ago
Reply to  Jim

Agreed. Imbeciles.

Jonathan
Jonathan (@guest_820687)
16 days ago
Reply to  Jim

Indeed unfortunately one of the worst administrations we ever had in regards to so many things ( I can tell you the Langley reforms to the NHS are what essentially destroyed its ability to modernise) what really gets me is we now have that man Cameron as foreign secretary….to be honest that man is a sinophile who in his time helped facilitate one of the biggest risks to the west.

JJ Smallpiece
JJ Smallpiece (@guest_820666)
16 days ago
Reply to  Jonathan

People wanted the tax cuts sold by the Tories as part of getting elected. No votes in defence, so dimbo Cameron and slasher Osborne slashed UK Forces to below a credible level.

Trev
Trev (@guest_820675)
16 days ago
Reply to  JJ Smallpiece

Did u offer to pay more tax? Do you not remember the financial crisis? Idealism is not contagious thank whatever god you believe in nipper!

Cognitio68
Cognitio68 (@guest_820729)
16 days ago
Reply to  Trev

Foreign aid went up to 0.5% of GDP. NHS funding increased every year and reform of the NHS was minimal remember Andrew Lansley’s attempted reforms? Government is all about choices. It’s easy to be a Prime Minister and spend money on things which make you popular and to not do things which make you unpopular. Unfortunately the job is bigger than that and if you can’t make good decisions because you have a psychological need always to be liked you are self evidently not good enough to be in that job.

Jim
Jim (@guest_820800)
16 days ago
Reply to  Cognitio68

It was even worse, foreign aid went up to 0.7% of GDP and its still enshrined in law. That was 100% paid for by cuts to the defence budget.

Ian Skinner
Ian Skinner (@guest_820852)
16 days ago
Reply to  Cognitio68

Foreign Aid actually went up to 0.7% of GDP; I bet Putin and XI are shaking in their boots at all the Ferris wheels we purchased.

Lee John fursman
Lee John fursman (@guest_820859)
16 days ago
Reply to  Cognitio68

I hate foreign aid,makes me sick spend money, give some cu– money and don’t change fuck all….

Geoff
Geoff (@guest_821019)
15 days ago

How would you feel if the tables were turned, and the UK needed aid from elsewhere?

Lee John fursman
Lee John fursman (@guest_821430)
14 days ago
Reply to  Geoff

Can’t see Pakistan or India giving us money, the janks “helped” us but I don’t think we got much free. If you know otherwise let me know 👍

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke (@guest_820754)
16 days ago
Reply to  Jonathan

Flogging the Bay to AUS was very silly.

There might have been some value in a cheaper frigate but RN didn’t want that and BAE weren’t playing that tune until Babcock came along.

Jonathan
Jonathan (@guest_820760)
16 days ago

indeed, the problem was they were trying to get down to a 5000 ton frigate and that really was not happening…also the time had elapsed…in 2010 they simple needed to order a batch of what they had ready..and then maybe look at a cheaper design later..Infact exacting what they did..just 5-6 years too late to save the escort fleet numbers….also the 19 escorts that came out of the 2010 review was a joke..that assumed we would not be at risk of a peer war…we could say it smacked of the same group think that occurred in the 1920s..but in this… Read more »

Last edited 16 days ago by Jonathan
Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke (@guest_820766)
16 days ago
Reply to  Jonathan

They didn’t want any more Blair’s wars.

So the amazingly naive assumption that if they didn’t want war there wouldn’t be war…..

That was until they realised that leadership and the P5 thingy comes with responsibilities…..

Jonathan
Jonathan (@guest_820805)
16 days ago

It is interesting that no one really took onboard the lessons of the Cold War…if you don’t want a war and want peace, arm yourself to the teeth.

Andrew D
Andrew D (@guest_820899)
16 days ago
Reply to  Jonathan

👍

David Cramp
David Cramp (@guest_821098)
15 days ago
Reply to  Jonathan

Is this the same Cameron who is now lecturing NATO allies on increasing their defence spending!!!

Hugo
Hugo (@guest_820688)
16 days ago
Reply to  Jim

When was there an astute 8? Do we have any evidence it was actually part of the plan.

Jim
Jim (@guest_820808)
16 days ago
Reply to  Hugo

It was discussed heavily at the time when Astute 7 was ordered. Originally there was suppose to be an entire SSN successor to Astute but that was first got rid of then they wanted to delay Dreadnaught class so they have to mess around with the build schedule which is why we just had a massive gap between Astute 5 and Astute 6. So Astute 8 was never ordered or confirmed but clearly there was a gap in the build schedule which they ended up paying BAE money to cover. It was mentioned by the defence Secretary at the time… Read more »

Sceptical Richard
Sceptical Richard (@guest_820834)
16 days ago
Reply to  Jim

If only we had MANY more of these as well as frigates and scrapped the stupid carriers! Standing by for a load of abuse now, but it’s what I believe

Turenne
Turenne (@guest_820702)
16 days ago

I think the MN is also suffering from the same problem: if you look at the French counterpart of UKdj, Opex 360, you’ll see a lot of posts lamenting the fact that only 6 Suffren class subs are planned and many people advocate either (a) more Suffren hulls or (b) some conventional Barracuda shortfin subs to supplement the nuclear attack subs.
But like you we don”t know how to finance this surge in our submarine force.

Deep32
Deep32 (@guest_820758)
16 days ago
Reply to  Turenne

It is a shame both navies dont seem to be able to add some SSKs to both our SM fleets, their inclusion would be a much needed capability boost in areas where SSKs excel.
It is a long time since we both operated SSKs, your Daphne’s/Agosta’s outlasted our Upholders despite the latter being some 15-20 years younger!
I remember ‘playing’ with some French and Spanish Agosta’s back in the day, good boats.

Jonathan
Jonathan (@guest_820809)
16 days ago
Reply to  Deep32

I suspect the navy decided that keeping electric boats would risk SSN numbers..in the end the SSN numbers collapsed anyway and you do need a minimum number of SSNs if your going to have an at sea nuclear deterrence so they could not go lower…so it was probably a mistake to get rid of the electric boats..after all the North Sea is pretty critical strategically.

Deep32
Deep32 (@guest_820820)
16 days ago
Reply to  Jonathan

We always had SSKs within the SM service, the decision to not replace the the O boats was purely financial, as was the decision to reduce the numbers of SSNs (the peace dividend – look how that turned out).
There are many tasks within the SM world that are far better suited to SSKs, especially those within littoral waters and as an area denial weapon. A smallish fleet (5/6), would release our SSN fleet for their primary tasking and enhance our capabilities considerably.
Alas dear Yoric, its not going to happen.

Jonathan
Jonathan (@guest_820832)
16 days ago
Reply to  Deep32

I suppose the only bright side is that at some point they may get a autonomous system that is large and capable enough to come close to an SSK for more local area denial…not that it would be able to ever fully replace that capabilities of an SSK… as for not going to happen with a new SSK…I suppose never say never, even if it’s profoundly unlikely…we don’t yet know how badly the world is going to fall down the multi polar/Cold War rabbit hole…20 years time could see the west and another Powerblock armed to the teeth and staring… Read more »

Jim
Jim (@guest_820812)
16 days ago
Reply to  Deep32

SSK’s are nearly useless for most British theatres of responsibility. They are very useful in the Med but then it’s a NATO lake so not really much point in us spending our hard earned money there.

They are of little use in the Atlantic or Indo Pacific, distances are just too large.

Deep32
Deep32 (@guest_820826)
16 days ago
Reply to  Jim

Sorry fella thats rubbish, shows a lack of understanding of how the various SM operations/capabilities actually work. We have until the collapse of the Soviet Union, always had a strong SSK presence. Indeed our Oberon class (10 remaining in late 80’s) were originally going to be replaced by 12 Upholders in 3 batches from the late 80’s early 90s onwards, so, no, not useless at all. The only reason they were cut and the 4 Upholders actually built sold very early in their lives was purely financial. It has been a capability gap we have had to cover with a… Read more »

DH
DH (@guest_821051)
15 days ago
Reply to  Deep32

Yeh I remember the O’s.Deep32. Now me being a ex waffu, don’t have an in depth knowledge of your world, respectfully, but I was always disappointed and confused why HMG got rid of the electric boats. ASW helos always had a tough time with E boats. We even had a tame submariner sonar op aircrew. (he was very good. Good games. 👍🙃🕳️

Deep32
Deep32 (@guest_821114)
15 days ago
Reply to  DH

I know a couple that went over to become Waffu’s, one LS even went onto be a helo pilot in your world. 1-2 actually went to Nimrods, can you believe it! Although cant recall any ever coming our way, who would have thought that!😂

DH
DH (@guest_821121)
15 days ago
Reply to  Deep32

Stranger still….. He lost a few digits on one hand, due to an explosion in the 2deck mess, Ark Royal. Splash target 🎯 deployed, Harriers bomb practices, one deflects?? Enters thru the F/deck. Few others injured. Who would of 💭, 👍😶🕳️

Jim
Jim (@guest_820811)
16 days ago
Reply to  Turenne

Great to hear the French perspective on this.

The USA, Russia, China, India and Australia are all having similar issues. Everyone wants more SSN’s but they are really hard to build. Even if you have the spare cash like China, the USA and Australia it’s nearly impossible to increase production.

OldSchool
OldSchool (@guest_820715)
16 days ago

Be happy people. HMS Anson closer to being operational. Good news.

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke (@guest_820745)
16 days ago

I’m no expert but that looks like a D5 launch and not a TLAM?

Obvs Astute doesn’t do D5….

Last edited 16 days ago by Supportive Bloke
Frank62
Frank62 (@guest_820762)
16 days ago

Could be the missile has yet to deploy wings & orientate to level flight.

Bob
Bob (@guest_820788)
16 days ago

Way too thin for a D5

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke (@guest_820818)
16 days ago
Reply to  Bob

Looks very squat length/width ratio for a TLAM?

Bob
Bob (@guest_820887)
16 days ago

Just the angle.
A D5 has a far greater diameter.

Frank62
Frank62 (@guest_820755)
16 days ago

Good luck trying to attack land targets with Spearfish torpedos, as the article kinda reads.
Are Astutes able to employ the smaller 12.75″ ASW torpoedos that surface escorts & helicoptors use, or do they only have spearfish to engage enemy subs?

Deep32
Deep32 (@guest_820769)
16 days ago
Reply to  Frank62

Spearfish only fella, its duel use, ASuW and ASW.

Jim
Jim (@guest_820813)
16 days ago
Reply to  Frank62

The USN managed to hit a land target with mk14 in World War II so it can be done 😀

SailorBoy
SailorBoy (@guest_820816)
16 days ago
Reply to  Jim

I wonder what the airborne range is if you made it jump out of the water at max speed?
A ton of high explosive flying over the harbour wall would, I would respectfully suggest, have minor impact on morale in any naval base on Earth.

Andy P
Andy P (@guest_820815)
16 days ago

a submariner said. “This afforded us a few days of rest from the sea trials we were conducting and allowed us to spend time on the beach in the sun relaxing and playing volleyball with base personnel.””

Changed days, it was mostly getting ballbagged and ‘borrowing’ golf carts when I was last there. The odd game of uckers at the beach shack was as sophisticated as it got. 😀

WSM
WSM (@guest_820903)
16 days ago
Reply to  Andy P

Amen to that Shipmate 😉🏴‍☠️

Andy P
Andy P (@guest_820909)
15 days ago
Reply to  WSM

Ain’t no party like an S boat party…….

Goldfin
Goldfin (@guest_820872)
16 days ago

It’s all a little late in the day concerning a build program and catching up on countries like china Russia and North Korea. We are well behind and slow at embracing new technological ideas.