The British Royal Navy’s nuclear-powered hunter-killer submarine HMS Astute has returned to the fleet after undergoing a major capability upgrade and sea training period.
During the sea training process, the Royal Navy vessel was tested for every aspect of the equipment and crew in order to ensure that it is ready to respond to emergency situations while carrying out high-intensity operations.
HMS Astute commanding officer said: “It has been a remarkable achievement getting Astute back to sea after a significant period.
“The ship’s company all performed incredibly over the past two years and we are now looking forward to operational tasking at sea.”
The training comprised a number of phases, during which the team was put through their paces while performing fire fighting and damage control exercises, in addition to completing weapon certification of the country’s anti-surface and anti-submarine weapon system.
The sea training process concluded in a simulated combat environment that dealt with airborne, surface and subsurface threats, all at the same time.
Besides operating in collaboration with the UK assets, HMS Astute also trained with Canadian Maritime Patrol Aircraft and carried out a training exercise with another Nato submarine.
While working with the Nato partners, the crew were allowed to practice major elements of joint operations and test the equipment upgrades against other navies’ anti-submarine capabilities.
In June 2015, HMS Astute returned to its home port in HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane, Scotland, UK, after completing its first operational deployment in 2014.
Since 2015, the vessel has been undergoing a period of planned maintenance to ensure that it is ready for future operations around the world.