A new Dreadnought class nuclear missile submarine will be named after the Queens father, King George VI.
This name has never been used before by the Royal Navy.
THREAD: Today I am pleased to announce that the 4th of our future Dreadnought Class ballistic missile submarines will be named HMS King George VI. pic.twitter.com/89gnfMz1D7
— First Sea Lord (@AdmPhilipJones) May 3, 2019
King George (then known as Prince Albert) had been enrolled in the Royal Naval College at Osborne House at the age of thirteen. In September 1913 he was commissioned as a Midshipman on board HMS Collingwood, and he was serving on this ship during the fighting at Jutland, as he describes here. Prince Albert is the only British Sovereign to have seen action in battle since William IV. Read more about this here. https://www.royal.uk/king-george-vis-then-prince-albert-account-battle-jutland
The Dreadnought class will replace the Vanguard class submarines from 2028 onwards and will host the United Kingdom’s nuclear deterrent.
Government approved initial gate for the Dreadnought submarine programme to replace the the Vanguard class in May 2011.
While details remain sketchy at best regarding the Dreadnought class, one of the key features the new boats will have is a Common Missile Compartment (CMC). CMC aims to define the missile tubes and accompanying systems that would be used to launch new ballistic missiles, successors to the current Trident II/ D5 missile fleet used by the USA and Britain.
The 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review stated the submarine will have eight operational missiles, carrying no more than 40 operational warheads between them.