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HMS Vigilant in Muiti-Million Refit

 

NUCLEAR submarine HMS Vigilant has arrived at Devonport Dockyard  for a major refit. The dockyard is due to start work on a major contract worth an estimated £270million after the Vanguard Class submarine came into port on Saturday.

Vigilant will be the third of the giant Vanguards, which provide Britain's nuclear deterrent, to be refitted and refuelled by Babcock Marine. 

Babcock would not comment on the value of the contract but the project is expected to involve about 1,500 workers over its duration.

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A spokesman for the Royal Navy said he couldn't provide an exact figure for the cost as the package of work for each submarine is negotiated separately. However, the cost of the refit for HMS Victorious was in the region of £270 million.

Devonport is the only facility in Britain capable of handling refuelling work of this kind, and the fourth Vanguard, HMS Vengeance, is expected to undergo the same treatment once work on Vigilant is completed.

The four Vanguard Class ballistic nuclear submarine provides the United Kingdom's strategic nuclear deterrent. They are armed with Trident II D5 missiles, which can carry up to 12 nuclear warheads and have a range of 4,000 nautical miles, as well as the two-ton Spearfish Torpedo.

A new pressurised water reactor, the PWR 2, was designed for the Vanguard class. This has double the service life of previous models, and it was originally thought that a the submarines would carry out their entire service life without the need for expensive refuelling. However, the life of the fuel in the reactor installed at build was less than the life of the submarine, as technology at the time (the early to mid 1990s) did not allow fuel to be produced that would last as long as the submarine.

NUCLEAR submarine HMS Vigilant has arrived at Devonport Dockyard  for a major refit. The dockyard is due to start work on a major contract worth an estimated £270million after the Vanguard Class submarine came into port on Saturday.

Vigilant will be the third of the giant Vanguards, which provide Britain's nuclear deterrent, to be refitted and refuelled by Babcock Marine. 

Babcock would not comment on the value of the contract but the project is expected to involve about 1,500 workers over its duration.

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A spokesman for the Royal Navy said he couldn't provide an exact figure for the cost as the package of work for each submarine is negotiated separately. However, the cost of the refit for HMS Victorious was in the region of £270 million.

Devonport is the only facility in Britain capable of handling refuelling work of this kind, and the fourth Vanguard, HMS Vengeance, is expected to undergo the same treatment once work on Vigilant is completed.

The four Vanguard Class ballistic nuclear submarine provides the United Kingdom's strategic nuclear deterrent. They are armed with Trident II D5 missiles, which can carry up to 12 nuclear warheads and have a range of 4,000 nautical miles, as well as the two-ton Spearfish Torpedo.

A new pressurised water reactor, the PWR 2, was designed for the Vanguard class. This has double the service life of previous models, and it was originally thought that a the submarines would carry out their entire service life without the need for expensive refuelling. However, the life of the fuel in the reactor installed at build was less than the life of the submarine, as technology at the time (the early to mid 1990s) did not allow fuel to be produced that would last as long as the submarine.

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