The accommodation unit for the first Dreadnought class submarine has been moved across BAE Systems Submarines site in Barrow, where it is being constructed.
BAE Systems say the segment is the first unit of Dreadnought’s forward end to be moved into the new Central Yard Facility.
The Dreadnought class will replace the Vanguard class submarines from 2028 onwards and will host the United Kingdom’s nuclear deterrent.
The accommodation unit from the new Dreadnought submarine is seen here being moved across BAE Systems Submarines site in Barrow, where it is being constructed.
It is the first unit of Dreadnought’s forward end to be moved into the new Central Yard Facility.#CASD50 #Cumbria pic.twitter.com/whlSLQ0v0H
— BAE Systems Maritime (@BAES_Maritime) June 21, 2019
The United Kingdom’s nuclear deterrent today is hosted by the Vanguard Class submarine. The Dreadnought class was purpose-built as a nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine, incorporating a selection of successful design features from other British submarines. Due to this it is quite unlike its predecessor the Vanguard class, itself an adaptation of the Valiant class.
Government approved initial gate for the Dreadnought submarine programme to replace the the Vanguard class in May 2011.
The programme already employs more than 2,600 people across MoD and industry, including 1,800 at BAE Systems. Thousands more will be employed in the supply chain with an average of 7,800 people expected to be working on Dreadnought each year throughout the duration of the programme.
At peak, in the early 2020s, BAE Systems anticipates employing more than 5,000 people on the Dreadnought programme.