Sea Platforms

UK SSBN refuel runs behind schedule

19 March 2020

A GBP200 million (USD237.5 million) programme to refuel the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) nuclear-powered ballistic missile (SSBN) submarine HMS Vanguard is now nine months behind schedule.

The submarine was originally scheduled to leave Babcock International's refuelling facility at Devonport Dockyard in mid-2019 after a Long Overhaul Period (Refuel) that was supposed to last three and a half years. However, the UK Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA), which is overseeing the project, confirmed to Jane's in a Freedom of Information Act request on 17 March that it was still in dock in December last year. Naval sources have since confirmed that HMS Vanguard has still not left No 9 Dock in Devonport.

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