7,400-tonne Submarine Ambush joins the fleet

Crowds gather to watch as the Ambush was officially welcomed into the navy. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA

Crowds gather to watch as the Ambush was officially welcomed into the navy. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA

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Britain’s most advanced attack submarine, Ambush, has officially joined the Royal Navy fleet following a ceremony.

Head of the Navy Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope attended the service at Faslane naval base on the Clyde where the 7,400-tonne sub was granted the title HMS Ambush. Ambush, the second of the Navy’s Astute-class attack submarines, was launched in January 2011 at the BAE Systems shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

The nuclear-powered submarine arrived at her home port of HM Naval Base Clyde in September last year where she has been undergoing sea trials before entering operational service later this year.

The 97-metre Astute-class submarines are designed for coastal and deep-sea tasks and are capable of destroying submarines and surface ships.

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