Keel laying ceremony for fifth Astute submarine

BAE Systems Submarine Solutions celebrates the keel laying of the fifth Astute boat, ‘Anson’, at a ceremony launched by Minister for International Security Strategy, Gerald Howarth MP.

Anson is the fifth of seven £1bn Astute class nuclear submarines that the Ministry of Defence has given approval to build. At 97 metres and with a displacement of 7,400 tonnes, like all the Astute class subs Anson has a nuclear propulsion system which means she will never need to be refuelled.

On Thursday (Oct 13) Gerald Howarth MP and John Hudson, managing director of BAE Systems Submarine Solutions, revealed the keel unit, the first pressure hull unit brought onto the build line in the main hall, at a shipyard ceremony in Barrow-in-Furness.