The Royal Navy’s latest, most advanced attack submarine was commissioned into the Royal Navy on Friday, 1 March 2013, during a ceremony at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde. HMS Ambush is expected to complete sea trials and be formally handed over to the operational control of the Royal Navy later this year.Ambush is the second Astute Class submarine to enter service with the Royal Navy.
As the home of the UK submarine service, all 7 Astute Class vessels will eventually be ported at HM Naval Base Clyde. The first of class, HMS Astute, entered service with the Royal Navy in August 2010. The other 5 vessels, Artful, Audacious, Anson, and the as yet unnamed boats 6 and 7, are currently at different stages of build and development.
Launched on 5 January 2011 at the BAE Systems shipyard at Barrow-in-Furness, Ambush arrived at her home port of HM Naval Base Clyde on 19 September 2012. Since then, Ambush has undergone extensive sea trials to ensure she is ready to become part of the fleet, with the White Ensign being raised for the first time on 18 January after the signing of the ‘certificate of acceptance’, transferring the submarine from her builders to the Ministry of Defence.