Wednesday, 16 November 2011
THE Royal Navy’s newest submarine, Barrow-built HMS Astute, has carried out a successful test firing mission in the Gulf of Mexico. Tomahawk missiles rocketed from Barrow-built HMS Astute at up to 550 miles per hour.
The 5.5-metre cruise missile weighs 1,300kg and has a range of more than 1,000 miles.
The submarine’s Commanding Officer, Commander Iain Breckenridge, said: “This first-of-class firing proves that Astute is a truly capable submarine. It means that the UK submarine service will be able to provide the UK’s strike capability for many years to come. Read more and watch video HERE