Friday, 25 October 2019

Delivery of HMS Audacious to the Royal Navy delayed by another 17 months

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Delivery of HMS Audacious to the Royal Navy delayed by another 17 months | Save the Royal Navy

On 16th October the head of the MoD Stephen Lovegrove formally approved a revised schedule for the delivery of the 4th Astute class submarine HMS Audacious. Writing to the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee he admitted publicly for the first time that Audacious will not be handed over to the RN until January 2021.

As we reported in June, there were concerns that technical problems with the boat were mounting as she had not left as expected for sea trails in Spring 2019. In typically obscure Civil Service language Lovegrove says “emergent issues have required unplanned repair and rework to facilitate the submarine proceeding forward with the normal commissioning process”. The convenient secrecy surrounding the Submarine programme prevents any admission about what exactly the issues may be, and more importantly, who should be held accountable for rest of article

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