The UK Royal Navy’s HMS Astute nuclear attack submarine will be commissioned on 27 August at HM Naval Base Clyde at Faslane, west of Glasgow, UK.

The Astute Class is half as big again as the the fleet’s current attack submarines and will never require refuelling, according to the Royal Navy.

The submarine’s technology is more sophisticated than that of space shuttles and will be used for close coastal reconnaissance, according to the Yorkshire Post.

The commissioning will also see the Clyde base become the Royal Navy’s home for nuclear submarines.