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UDT Europe: Audacious prepares for sea trials

23rd May 2017 - 18:13 GMT | by Alice Budge in London

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Audacious, the fourth of seven Astute class attack submarines being built for the Royal Navy, was launched in April by BAE Systems and is now being prepared for sea trials.

The 97m long, 7,400 tonne nuclear powered submarine was lowered into the dock water for the first time at the company's site in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, marking the next phase of its test and commission programme ahead of sea trials in 2018.

Will Blamey, BAE Systems submarines managing director, said that the launch marked ‘an important milestone in the Astute programme’ and that Audacious entered the water ‘in a more

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