Third Astute Class Submarine launched in barrow
Artful, the latest state-of-the-art submarine in the Astute class has been launched in to the dock at our site in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.
The 97m long, 7,400 tonne nuclear-powered attack submarine began edging out of her giant construction hall on Friday 16 May and was carefully lowered into the water on Saturday 17 May.
Artful, the third of seven highly complex Astute class submarines being designed and built for the UK Royal Navy, will now begin the next phase of its test and commissioning process ahead of sea trials next year.
Stuart Godden, Astute Programme Director for BAE Systems, said: “The launch of Artful is another significant step forward in the Astute programme. Building on past experiences we’ve been able to launch her in the most advanced state of construction of any submarine to be built in Barrow. This allows us to now fully concentrate on the test and commissioning activities required to get her to sea."