Hunter-killer submarine HMS Astute has returned to the fleet.
The Commanding Officer of HMS Astute said:
“It has been a remarkable achievement getting Astute back to sea after a significant period alongside. The ship’s company all performed incredibly over the past two years and we are now looking forward to operational tasking at sea.”
According to the Royal Navy:
“The rigorous training package contained a number of phases with the team put through their paces during fire fighting and damage control exercises as well as completing weapon certification of the UK’s anti-surface and anti-submarine weapon system.
The training culminated in a simulated war environment dealing with airborne, surface and subsurface threats simultaneously.
As well as working with UK assets HMS Astute also trained alongside Canadian Maritime Patrol Aircraft and conducted a training exercise with another NATO submarine.
Since returning home to HM Naval Base Clyde in June 2015 the submarine has been undergoing a period of planned maintenance.