HMS Victorious (S29)

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Trident Nuclear Submarine HMS Victorious.jpg
Victorious near Faslane, Scotland in April 2013.
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Victorious
Laid down: 3 December 1987[1]
Launched: 29 September 1993[1]
Commissioned: 7 January 1995[1]
Homeport: HMNB Clyde
Fate: in active service
Badge: Victorious crest.jpg
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Vanguard-class submarine
Displacement: 15,900 tonnes, submerged[2]
Length: 149.9 m (491 ft 10 in)
Beam: 12.8 m (42 ft 0 in)
Draught: 12 m (39 ft 4 in)
Speed: In excess of 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph), submerged
Range: Only limited by food and maintenance requirements.
Complement: 135
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • Two SSE Mk10 launchers for Type 2066 and Type 2071 torpedo decoys
  • RESM Racal UAP passive intercept

HMS Victorious is the second Vanguard-class submarine of the Royal Navy. Victorious carries the Trident ballistic missile, the UK's nuclear deterrent.

Victorious was built at Barrow-in-Furness by Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd (now BAE Systems Submarine Solutions), was launched in September 1993, and commissioned in January 1995.[1]

Her crew is made up of two watches, "Port" and "Starboard".[3]

Operational history[edit]

In November 2000, while travelling on the surface, Victorious grounded on Skelmorlie Bank in the upper Firth of Clyde in Scotland.[4]

Victorious was involved in a minor collision with a United States Coast Guard ship in July 2001. The Coast Guard ship became tangled in the fibre optic cables of the submarine's sonar system which disabled its turbines. Victorious was not damaged in the incident.[citation needed]

She became the second of the class to refit, during which time she was fitted with a 'Core H' reactor core ensuring that the boat will not need to refuel again until the end of its service life.[5] In 2008, she underwent sea trials before resuming patrols in 2009.

In 2013, Victorious completed the UK's 100th deterrent patrol.[6]

General characteristics[edit]

  • Displacement: 16,000 tons submerged
  • Propulsion: Rolls-Royce PWR2 reactor, two GEC turbines, single shaft, pump jet propulsor
  • Electrical Power: two Paxman diesel generators, two WH Allen turbogenerators
  • Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph) submerged
  • Complement: 21 officers, 146 men
  • Strategic Armament: 16 Lockheed Trident II D5 ballistic missiles
  • Defensive Armament: four 533 mm (21-inch) torpedo tubes, Spearfish torpedoes


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Jane's Fighting Ships, 2004-2005. Jane's Information Group Limited. p. 794. ISBN 0-7106-2623-1.
  2. ^ Royal Navy Vanguard class submarine,
  3. ^ Royal Navy bridge card, 11 February 2011
  4. ^ Hansard Hand Written Answers,, 2 Nov 2010
  5. ^ Royal Navy - HMS Victorious,
  6. ^ Victorious summer ends with divisions for submarine’s crew,, 26/07/2013

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