The newest section of the first Dreadnought submarine to be built at BAE Systems’ yard in Barrow has been moved, as work on the first of class continues.
The Dreadnought programme is one of the most complex engineering projects ever undertaken and employs more than 7,000 people across industry and MoD, with thousands more in the supply chain.
BAE Systems say that the unit was the first to make use of new material designed to improve protection for submarine sections as they are moved around the site during construction.
Four Dreadnought-Class submarines will be built in Barrow to replace the Vanguard-Class that are currently in service with the Royal Navy. HMS Dreadnought, the first of the new fleet, is scheduled to be delivered in the early 2030s.
The United Kingdom’s nuclear deterrent today is hosted by the Vanguard Class submarine.
The UK Government approved initial gate for their replacement in the form of the Dreadnought submarine programme to replace the the Vanguard class in May 2011.