BAE Systems unveiled the latest state-of-the-art submarine in the Astute class today 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 submarine construction facility.
BAE Systems is the prime contractor for the Astute submarine programme, designing and building seven nuclear-powered attack submarines for the UK Royal Navy. It is also the industry lead for the design of a replacement for the Vanguard class submarines, employing more than 5,000 skilled employees across its Maritime – Submarines’ sites.