HMS Astute – a new hunter-killer sub that doesn’t work very well…

Having spent a chunk of my life in shipbuilding, I can tell you that such a scenario is hardly novel, but it’s a tad disheartening to see the Guardian getting its ill-informed knickers in a twist over HMS Astute, the first-in-class of a new series of hunter-killer submarines built, somewhat eccentrically, one might think, by BAE systems – not exactly an established name in the construction of warships** – and riddled with faults.

**So no real surprise to find the whole project is something of a Continue reading

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