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BAE Systems Submarines

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54°06′36″N 3°14′11″W / 54.11000°N 3.23639°W / 54.11000; -3.23639

BAE Systems Submarines
Company typePrivate
Marine engineering
FoundedMarch 2003
Key people
Steve Timms (Managing Director)[1]
ServicesSubmarine design
Submarine support
Number of employees
Approximately 9,000
ParentBAE Systems
BAE Systems Submarines' 25,000m² Devonshire Dock Hall indoor shipbuilding complex, the largest of its kind in Europe.

BAE Systems Submarines,[note 1] is a wholly owned subsidiary of BAE Systems, based in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England, and is responsible for the development and production of submarines.

BAE Systems Submarines operates one of the few shipyards in the world capable of designing and building nuclear submarines, which has constructed all but three of the Royal Navy's nuclear-powered submarines since the commissioning of HMS Dreadnought in 1963. The exceptions were HMS Conqueror, HMS Renown and HMS Revenge, which were built by Cammell Laird.


The Barrow-in-Furness shipyard has been building submarines since Abdül Hamid was launched for the Ottoman Navy in 1886 and the Holland-class submarines for the Royal Navy were launched in 1901. The shipyard was formerly operated by Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering (VSEL). Upon the creation of BAE Systems in 1999, the submarine division became part of BAE Systems Marine. As part of BAE Systems Marine, the yard constructed surface ships, such as the Albion-class landing platform docks. In 2003, the company was split into BAE Systems Submarines and BAE Systems Naval Ships, with Barrow ceasing surface ship construction. Following a 2012 restructuring, BAE Systems Submarines became part of BAE Systems Maritime & Land UK, alongside BAE Systems Maritime Services and BAE Systems Naval Ships.[2]

Since its completion in 1986, submarines at Barrow are constructed inside the Devonshire Dock Hall (DDH). In addition to the main shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, BAE Systems Submarines also operates from sites at Farnborough, Ash Vale, Frimley and Weymouth.[3]

The company is currently constructing the Astute-class submarines, a new generation nuclear attack submarine (SSN) for the Royal Navy, the first of which was launched on 8 June 2007.[4] The order for the initial batch of three submarines was placed in 1997, with Marconi Marine (VSEL), which was absorbed into BAE Systems in 1999. Construction of the final Astute-class began in May 2018 and all seven Astute boats are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2026.[5] BAE Systems Submarines is also building four Dreadnought-class submarine ballistic missile submarines, which will carry the UK's Strategic Nuclear Deterrent.[6] Construction started in late 2016 and the first submarine is expected to enter service in the early 2030s.[7]

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  1. ^ BAE Systems Submarine Solutions was split out from BAE Systems Marine and operated as such until January 2012. It was named BAE Systems Maritime - Submarines until 2017 before it became BAE Systems Submarines.


  1. ^ "Contract awarded to design new British nuclear submarine".
  2. ^ "Staff at BAE Systems Barrow will be celebrating all things maritime". The Mail. Retrieved 13 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Maritime - Submarines". BAE Systems | United Kingdom. Retrieved 13 November 2020.
  4. ^ New UK nuclear submarine launched
  5. ^ "Written questions and answers - Written questions, answers and statements - UK Parliament". questions-statements.parliament.uk. Retrieved 13 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Dreadnought-Class Nuclear-Powered Ballistic Missile Submarines, UK". www.naval-technology.com. Retrieved 13 November 2020.
  7. ^ "Successor submarine shipyard gets £300m investment". BBC News. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2020.

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