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More Woes for the HMS Astute: Rusty, Slow & Leaky

HMS Astute, the first of seven new submarines, was delivered two years late, was well over budget and thus far is not yet in service, despite being delivered in 2009.  Her career has been marked by elements of both comedy and tragedy.  In … Continue reading

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Submarine Saturday – British Submarine Delay Concerns, HMS Astute Fires Harpoons & German Fuel Cell Sub

A report by Britain’s National Audit Office revealed that the Ministry of Defense is concerned that recent budget cuts have put the country at risk due to a shortage of modern attack submarines.   The National Audit Office said delays to … Continue reading

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HMS Astute Towed Back to Port After Hydraulics Failure

HMS Astute, the Royal Navy’s most advanced  nuclear submarine, was delivered 43 months behind schedule and £900 million over budget.   Then during trials in October,  it  ran aground off the Isle of Skye.   It was also in a collision … Continue reading

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Tragedy on the HMS Astute: Update

Reports now indicate that Ryan Donovan, 22,  a sailor on HMS Astute, burst into the submarine control room and opened fire with an SA80 assault rifle yesterday, killing the ship’s weapons engineering officer, Lt. Cmdr. Ian Molyneux, 36, and wounding a second officer, Lieutenant Commander … Continue reading

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Cmdr. Andrew Coles of HMS Astute Relieved of Command

Not a great shock, but Cmdr. Andrew Coles has been relived of his command of  HMS Astute, the Royal Navy’s newest and “stealthiest” submarine which very publicly  ran aground last month near the Skye bridge off the Isle of Skye. Officer relieved of … Continue reading

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HMS Astute Update

It had all the elements of bad farce.  The HMS Astute is Britain’s newest, stealthiest and no doubt most expensive submarine.  As described by the BBC, “Aside from attack capabilities, it is able to sit in waters off the coast … Continue reading

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HMS Astute: British Nuclear Submarine Aground off Skye

Embarrassing and rather bad timing.  Billed as the “world’s most advanced nuclear submarine,” the recently christened HMS Astute ran aground this morning off the Isle of Skye. Nuclear submarine runs aground HMS Astute: world’s most advanced nuclear submarine runs aground

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