Royal Navy's Astute Class Sub Maiden Dive

Artful, the third Astute class submarine being built by BAE Systems for the Royal Navy, has successfully completed her first ever dive - a landmark milestone in preparation for sea trials next year. This operation, known as the ‘trim and incline test', took place over two days, to prove the submarine's safety and stability in the water. The maiden dive was undertaken in the dock on BAE Systems' site in Barrow-in-Furness and involved a team of 80 highly-skilled personnel, including naval architects, engineers and Royal Navy crew members.

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