Sub­ma­rine Artful takes a bow dur­ing grand un­veil­ing


The lat­est state-of-the-art sub­ma­rine in the As­tute class has been un­veiled dur­ing a cer­e­mony at its site in Bar­row-in-Fur­ness. Artful — a 7,400-tonne, 97-me­tre-long at­tack sub­ma­rine — was of­fi­cially named in front of thou­sands of guests in an event to mark the end of its build process.

The cer­e­mony was per­formed by Amanda Lady Zam­bel­las, wife of the Royal Navy’s First Sea Lord, Ad­mi­ral Sir Ge­orge Zam­bel­las, in­side BAE Sys­tems’ gi­ant Devon­shire Dock Hall (DDH) sub­ma­rine con­struc­tion fa­cil­ity.

John Hud­son, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of BAE Sys­tems Mar­itime–Sub­marines, said: “The de­sign and build of a nu­clear pow­ered sub­ma­rine is as chal­leng­ing as it is com­plex, so to­day rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in Artful’s pro­gramme.

“It re­quires real skill and in­no­va­tion to de­liver sub­marines as so­phis­ti­cated as Artful and this would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the val­ued con­tri­bu­tion of our em­ploy­ees and the col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­forts of the whole sub­ma­rine en­ter­prise.

“With this cer­e­mony Artful moves one step closer to join­ing her sis­ter ves­sels HMS As­tute and HMS Am­bush in the Royal Navy fleet, equip­ping the sub­ma­rine ser­vice with a class of highly ca­pa­ble ves­sels.”

Fol­low­ing the cer­e­mony, Artful will re­main in the DDH to com­plete a se­ries of com­mis­sion­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, be­fore be­ing launched in early 2014 for fur­ther tests and com­mis­sion­ing.

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