HMS Anson leaves Barrow-in-Furness

HMS Anson, the latest addition to the Royal Navy’s advanced nuclear-powered attack submarines, has departed from Barrow-in-Furness, in preparation for sea trials. The fifth vessel of the Astute-class, she is en route to His Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde in Scotland, where she will undergo trials before assuming active frontline duties.

The first four Astute-class submarines, namely HMS Astute, HMS Ambush, HMS Artful, and HMS Audacious, are already in active service with the Royal Navy. HMS Anson was formally commissioned in August of last year, officially joining the Royal Navy’s fleet.

Steve Timms, Managing Director of BAE Systems’ Submarines business, expressed immense pride in bidding farewell to HMS Anson, emphasising the significance of delivering the most capable attack submarine ever built for the Royal Navy. He highlighted the collaborative effort involving the company, employees, the Barrow community, and the wider submarine enterprise.

HMS Anson, the eighth Royal Navy vessel with this name, pays homage to Admiral George Anson. The Astute class, as the first nuclear-powered submarines entirely designed in a three-dimensional, computer-aided environment, represents the cutting edge of the UK’s military capabilities.

Armed with long-range Tomahawk land attack missiles and Spearfish heavyweight torpedoes, these submarines are considered the most advanced vessels ever operated by the Royal Navy. Ben Wallace, Secretary of State for Defence, emphasised the crucial role of HMS Anson in defending the UK, praising the Astute-Class submarines as a testament to the commitment to defence manufacturing and supporting jobs across the UK.

The Astute-class submarines’ nuclear reactors eliminate the need for refueling during their 25-year service period. Additionally, their ability to purify water and air allows for extended range limited only by the onboard food supply. Weighing 7,800 tonnes and measuring 97m in length, HMS Anson, like her counterparts, possesses the capability to circumnavigate the globe without resurfacing.

Commander David ‘Bing’ Crosby, Commanding Officer of HMS Anson, expressed gratitude to the build enterprise and Submarine Delivery Agency for making the submarine formidable. He eagerly anticipates sea trials, realizsng the boat’s full potential, and joining colleagues on the Clyde, the home of the Royal Navy Submarine Service.

The final two submarines in the Astute class, Agamemnon and Agincourt, are currently in various stages of construction at Barrow. The submarine manufacturing industry, including BAE Systems’ submarine programs employing nearly 10,000, plays a vital role in supporting thousands of jobs across the UK, with additional employment opportunities within the supply chain.


Read the original Royal Navy press release here.