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HMS Vanguard (S28)
Vanguard at Faslane 03.jpg
HMS Vanguard arrives back at HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane, Scotland following a patrol
Career (UK)
Ordered: 30 May 1986
Builder: Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness
Laid down: 3 September 1986[1]
Launched: 4 March 1992[1]
Commissioned: 14 August 1993[1]
Homeport: HMNB Clyde, Argyll, Scotland
Status: In active service, as of 2013
Badge: 100px
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Vanguard-class submarine
Displacement: Dived: 15,900 long tons (16,200 t)
Length: 149.9 m (491 ft 10 in)
Beam: 12.8 m (42 ft 0 in)
Draught: 12 m (39 ft 4 in)
  • 1 × Rolls-Royce PWR2 nuclear reactor
  • 2 × GEC turbines; 27,500 shp (20.5 MW)
  • 1 × shaft, pump jet propulsor
  • 2 × auxiliary retractable propulsion motors
  • 2 × WH Allen turbo generators (6 MW)
  • 2 × Paxman diesel alternators; 2,700 shp (2.0 MW)
Speed: Dived: 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)
Range: Unlimited distance; 20–25 years
Complement: 14 officers
121 ratings
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • 2 × SSE Mk10 launchers for Type 2066 and Type 2071 torpedo decoys
  • RESM Racal UAP passive intercept
  • Armament:
  • 4 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes for Spearfish torpedoes
  • 16 × ballistic missile tubes for 16 x Lockheed Trident D5 SLBMs carrying up to 192 warheads
  • The eleventh HMS Vanguard of the Royal Navy is the lead boat of her class of Trident ballistic missile-armed submarines. The submarine is based at Faslane, HMNB Clyde, Argyll, Scotland.

    Vanguard was built at Barrow-in-Furness by Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd (now BAE Systems Submarine Solutions), was launched on 4 March 1992, and commissioned on 14 August 1993.

    She has two crews, "Port" and "Starboard".[2]

    Operational history[edit | edit source]

    The submarine's first commanding officer was Captain David Russell.

    In February 2002, Vanguard began a two-year refit at HMNB Devonport. The refit was completed in June 2004 and in October 2005, Vanguard completed her return to service trials (Demonstration and Shakedown Operations) with the firing of an unarmed Trident missile. During this refit, Vanguard was illegally boarded by a pair of anti-nuclear protestors.[3]

    On 4 February 2009, Vanguard collided with the French submarine Triomphant in the Atlantic.[4][5][6] She returned to Faslane in Scotland, under her own power arriving on 14 February 2009.[7]

    Vanguard being assisted into a Florida harbor by two civilian tugboats

    Vanguard spent the Christmas of 2011 & 12 on deterrent patrol.[8]

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