Royal Navy: HMS Audacious auf Jungfernfahrt

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Audacious tritt die Fahrt zur Naval Base an (dt).

Trotz Corona und der Erkrankung von Premier Johnson berichtet die britische Presse auch ausführlich und mit einem gewissen Stolz über die Fahrt des Atom-U-Bootes HMS Audacious von der BAE-Werft in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, zur HM Naval Base in Faslane.

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  • Die HMS Audacious gehört zu den Atom-Unterseebooten der Astute-Klasse, die den britischen Steuerzahler pro Schiff 1,6 Milliarden £ kosten.
  • Das Boot lief am 6. April 2020 beim Hersteller BAE in Barrow-in-Furness aus und fuhr nach Faslane, wo es am 7. April ankam. Vom dortigen Stützpunkt der Royal Navy aus übernimmt das Boot die Erprobung zur See, bevor es dem Korps der britischen U-Boote übergeben wird.

Die HMS Audacious auf offener See.

So ruhig “wie ein Delphin-Baby”

  • Die Londoner Presse ist begeistert vom Boot. “Daily Mail” schreibt, die HMS Audacious gleite so still durch das Wasser “wie ein Delphin-Baby”.
  • Das sei insgesamt 39’000 “anti-akustikischen Plättchen” zu verdanken, die den Geräuschpegel stark absenkten.
  • Modern sei ebenso die Sonar-Technik, die es der Crew erlaube, feindliche Schiffe über eine Distanz von 3000 nautischen Meilen (5’550 Kilometer) zu entdecken.
  • Das Boot sei so ausgerüstet, dass die Besatzung von 98 Mann drei Monate lang problemlos auf See operieren könne.
  • Die HMS Audacious ist mit schweren Spearfish-Torpedos und 38 Cruise Missiles Tomahawk bewaffnet.

Weg von der Werft – Richtung Faslane.

Dank an die Werftarbeiter

  • Cliff Robson, Direktor BAE Systems Submarines, dankte den Werftarbeitern. Diese hätten das Boot in schwieriger Zeit fertiggestellt und die Jungfernfahrt ermöglicht: “Das ist ein Zeichen der Hoffnung”.
  • Als Patin des Schiffs firmiert Lady Jones, die Frau von Admiral Sir Phillip Jones, als First Sea Lord der Chief of Naval Staff.

Blick ins Innere der HMS Audacious.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HMS Audacious, one of seven Astute-class attack subs being built by BAE Systems, departed Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, on Tuesday for its maiden journey.

The ultra-advanced warship, said to ‘set a new standard in weapons load and stealth’, is armed with spearfish heavy torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles.

Around 39,000 state-of-the-art anti-acoustic tiles make the colossal 320ft, 7,400 tonne sub move through the water without making any more noise than a baby dolphin.

HMS Audacious, described as the ‘most capable’ submarine ever built for the Royal Navy set off for its first outing on Tuesday +8
HMS Audacious, described as the ‘most capable’ submarine ever built for the Royal Navy set off for its first outing on Tuesday

The submarine uses around 39,000 state-of-the-art anti-acoustic tiles to ensure it makes no more noise than a baby dolphin +8
The submarine uses around 39,000 state-of-the-art anti-acoustic tiles to ensure it makes no more noise than a baby dolphin

The £1.6billion nuclear-powered ship is armed with both spearfish heavy torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles for attack +8
The £1.6billion nuclear-powered ship is armed with both spearfish heavy torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles for attack

A short voyage from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, where the submarine was built by BAE Systems saw HMS Audacious return to the surface soon after at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde, which is the home of the UK’s Submarine Service +8
A short voyage from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, where the submarine was built by BAE Systems saw HMS Audacious return to the surface soon after at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde, which is the home of the UK’s Submarine Service

The state-of-the-art submarine weighs 7,400 tonnes, the equivalent of 65 blue whales, is longer than 10 double-decker buses and can hold enough food on board to remain at sea with a crew of 98 people for three months +8
The state-of-the-art submarine weighs 7,400 tonnes, the equivalent of 65 blue whales, is longer than 10 double-decker buses and can hold enough food on board to remain at sea with a crew of 98 people for three months

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HMS AUDACIOUS’ STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY
KEEPING QUIET

HMS Audacious has been built to include 39,000 state-of-the-art anti-acoustic tiles. The rubber tiles work by breaking up sound waves that bounce against the hull – the metal on the exterior of the submarine – to dramatically reduce noise levels.

WEAPONS

The design includes spearfish heavy torpedoes and 38 Tomahawk cruise missiles in the submarine’s arsenal.

REACTORS

HMS Audacious includes nuclear reactors that boast a 25-year lifespan. It allows the crew to create air and water, reducing the need to return to the surface.

SONAR SYSTEMS

State-of-the-art sonar systems on board allows HMS Audacious to detect other ships from 3,000 nautical miles away – that’s the distance between New York and the English Channel.

CAMERAS

Two masts carry low-light and thermal imaging cameras to provide a 360-degree image to the submarine captain three seconds after being activated.

On board nuclear reactors with a 25 year life create air and water, meaning the warship can circumnavigate the globe without needing to resurface.

The sonar system on Astute-class subs enable them to detect ships from 3,000 nautical miles away, which is the distance between the English Channel and New York

Images taken on April 7 show HMS Audacious, the fourth completed Astute-class attack sub, leaving Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, where it was built by BAE.

Its inaugural voyage was a short journey to Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde, which is the home of the UK’s Submarine Service.

Cliff Robson, Managing Director of BAE Systems Submarines, said: ‘This is an incredibly difficult time for employees, their families and the community.

‘But, as is often the case in times of great adversity, it has been truly humbling to see everyone come together to support the Government’s critical defence programmes and help deliver HMS Audacious.’

Ian Booth, Chief Executive of the Submarine Delivery Agency, said: ‘The departure of HMS Audacious from Barrow is a key milestone in the Astute-class programme.

‘The delivery of our incredibly complex submarine programmes depends on the extremely skilled submarine workforce and close collaboration with our industrial partners across the supply chain to deliver a first class product for the Royal Navy.

The submarine departed from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, as it glided quietly through water due to its special technology +8
The submarine departed from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, as it glided quietly through water due to its special technology

HMS Audacious is one of Astute-class submarines and becomes the fourth in service, with the final three still in construction +8
HMS Audacious is one of Astute-class submarines and becomes the fourth in service, with the final three still in construction

The short trip to the UK’s Submarine Service in Clyde was hailed as a success given the difficult times the country is facing as it remains in lockdown to help tackle the escalating coronavirus pandemic that has swept right across the globe +8
The short trip to the UK’s Submarine Service in Clyde was hailed as a success given the difficult times the country is facing as it remains in lockdown to help tackle the escalating coronavirus pandemic that has swept right across the globe

‘I am extremely grateful to everyone involved in the significant efforts to meet this milestone and the key roles they have played in the shadow of these unprecedented circumstances to get HMS Audacious to sea.’

The boat’s departure comes days after the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, Sir Stephen Lovegrove, thanked the defence industry for its efforts to continue to deliver critical and nationally important defence operations and programmes during the difficult and unprecedented times the country is facing.

The first three Astute-class submarines, HMS Astute, HMS Ambush and HMS Artful are in service, while the final three Astute-class are at various stages of construction at Barrow.

Audacious was officially named during a ceremony at BAE Systems’ Submarines site in Cumbria, back in December 2017.

Lady Jones, Audacious’ sponsor and wife of Admiral Sir Phillip Jones, the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, chose the name.