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.

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has there been no thought of having a mixed fleet with nuclear and diesel electric subs…

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Great news – well done guys

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Yep good news, while the Astute class subs may be few in number, the threat of their presence is enough to give any potential adversary sleepless nights.

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How can a relatively new submarine require two years of maintenance.
We were told that these boats would have a much higher level of availability.

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I think as the first of her class, they took the opportunity to rectify a few issues and update her to the latest standard.