The Royal British Navy has announced that the Astute-class submarine HMS Anson has been launched and is now nearing the end of the platform’s construction phase.
A total of seven Astute-class platforms are being built, which are the most advanced and largest nuclear submarines in the Navy and are equipped with a periscope that does not pierce the hull. HMS Anson, the 5th of these submarines, is scheduled to complete sea tests and be commissioned next year.
Using an advanced video system in the control room, The Astute-class submarines do not require a second nuclear refuelling during the service period. The Royal Navy said the work to bring HMS Anson into the water had specific challenges due to Covid-19 and that the outbreak had complicated the process.
The construction of the two remaining submarines, Agamemnon and Agincourt, is expected to be completed in 2025.